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Harlem Globetrotter and NBA?star visits school

By Staff | Nov 5, 2010

(Chronicle photo by Jennifer Wabnitz) Professional basketball player and motivational speaker Archie Talley visited Shepherdstown Oct. 28.

Archie Talley amused and encouraged hundreds of students from Shepherdstown Middle School and fifth graders from Shepherdstown Elementary School on Oct. 28.

Talley grew up in inner city Washington, D.C. and was offered a basketball scholarship for Salem College in West Virginia. He was a leading scorer and went on to have a career with the NBA and Harlem Globetrotters.

Now Talley travels giving motivational presentations, while entertaining attendees by his basketball antics, like spinning a ball on anything, including the top of his razor, while he shaves. He can pass the ball in at least 100 different ways to his unsuspecting audience volunteers.

He puts his audience at ease with his witty stories and Harlem Globetrotter music. Then he delivers some powerful messages.

“You are the only expert on your life. You determine what you can or cannot do. Give yourself 100 percent effort. Believe in yourself,” he said.

Then he described some of the adversity that he overcame and continued to believe in himself until his dreams became reality.

Talley’s presentation sped through 60 minutes and an entire group of students and faculty were enthralled.

Fifth grade class president, Cassie Chrisman, stated, “I hope we get to see him again.”

Jackson Crouse, class vice president echoed her ideas.

“I really liked it.”

Cheryl Lawrence, head teacher at Shepherdstown Elementary, said, “We are very fortunate to be invited to hear such a fine speaker. I heard him 10 years ago, and he’s still great.”

For more information, call Talley at 304-766-6878.