Update: The Harlem All Star Celebrity Basketball Game has been postponed until a later date, according to the City of Turlock. People who purchased tickets from the City of Turlock Recreation Division will receive more information at a later date.
This Saturday, April 28th, at 1pm, Meadowlark Lemon and the Harlem All Stars will be participating in a Charity Celebrity Basketball Game at Pitman High School.
Meadowlark Lemon, otherwise known as the “Clown Prince” of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, has played more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and in 2003 was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2000, Lemon received the NBA Lifetime Achievement – John Bunn Award, the highest honor given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside of induction.
Alongside his basketball career, Lemon has also been involved in acting, writing, and became an ordained minister in 1986. Lemon currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. and Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All Stars maintain an office.
For more than five decades, the “Clown Prince of Basketball” thrilled millions of fans with his basketball skills and slapstick comedy. Now, Meadowlark Lemon and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Lemon, work together on the recently formed Meadowlark Lemon Foundation, an organization dedicated to “changing lives, to change the world.”
Lemon celebrated his 80th birthday today, Wednesday April 25th, just days before the charity game in Turlock.
At Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, Meadowlark Lemon met with the City Council to talk about the charity game this coming Saturday.
Tuesday’s Council meeting started with two short proclamations regarding the 100th anniversary of the Light of Christ Lutheran Church of Turlock, followed by the 140th anniversary of Arbor Day and the upcoming event in which the City of Turlock will be planting 16 trees at Rose Circle Park.
“I think you citizens of Turlock should pat yourself on the back,” stated Lemon. “What I’ve seen here today, and tonight, I don’t see in other countries in the world. I’ve been to 94 countries in the world, and they don’t have what you have here. And I would suggest that you don’t lose it, I suggest you keep it. You’re planting trees, making fresh air, and honoring God, doing things a lot of other communities don’t do.”
“At one of my basketball camps, a few years ago, one of the young kids came up to me and said ‘Mr. Meadowlark, you got it going on’…and tonight I tell you, you got it going on.”
The charity game will include staff members of the City of Turlock, as well as members of City Council, and Pitman Pride Faculty versus Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All Stars.
Portions of the benefits will go towards the City of Turlock Police Activities League and the Pitman Booster Club. Lemon also stated at the meeting that if enough tickets were sold to event, there would hopefully also be money to hand out a scholarship to high school students for college.
Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $35 dollars at the door, and $50 for a VIP Meet & Greet with front two-row seating.
Tickets are available for purchase at the City of Turlock located at 144 S. Broadway, or at Westside Ministries, located at 950 Columbia St.
For more information on the event, please call the City of Turlock at (209) 668-5594.