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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Pediatric Services, Royal University Hospital

A member of the Harlem Globetrotters dazzled pint-sized patients at Royal University Hospital's Pediatric Unit on Friday afternoon, showing off his ball-handling skills and signing autographs for many adoring fans.

Chris "Handles" Franklin with the all-star team met with patients in the hospital's Pediatric Unit.  Franklin is a member of the Globetrotters' Smile Patrol, a hospital outreach program designed to lift the spirits of fans unable to attend a Globetrotters game.

"We are so thrilled to have someone like Handles come to visit the kids," said Tammy Lucas, Manager of the Acute Care Pediatrics Unit at the Royal University Hospital. "The moment he walked into the room they were captivated by him and his positivity."

Franklin spoke to the young crowd about the importance of following your dreams, recalling the first time he saw the Globetrotters on television when he was six years old during an episode of Scooby-Doo. He explained to the children that he is one of the few people blessed enough to be living their dream, and that's why it's equally important for them to believe in themselves.

He also spoke about the importance of education and working hard in school, along with listening to your parents, teachers, nurses, doctors and loved ones taking care of them, and always showing respect.

"With his amazing basketball skills and his encouraging messages, Handles brightened the day for not only our patients, but also our staff," said Lucas. "Everyone really enjoyed having him here."

In addition to being known as one of the best dribblers in the world, Franklin also holds the Guinness World record for the farthest kneeling basket, a shot he made over his head and backwards on his knees from 60 feet 7.5 inches.

Chris "Handles" Franklin with Joshua Kiniski

Chris "Handles" Franklin with Devin Der

Chris "Handles" Franklin with Braden Thompson

Chris "Handles" Franklin with Joshua Kiniski

Chris "Handles" Franklin with Noelle Daniels

Chris "Handles" Franklin with staff

Last Modified: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 |
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