Get ready to say “cheese” when the world famous Harlem Globetrotters come to the Q Arena in Cleveland, Thursday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Cheese Chisholm, displaying his signature smile, will be among the Globetrotters on the basketball court.
I talked with Cheese while he was in town for a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game, promoting the ‘You Write the Rules’ Globetrotters tour. Fans will get the chance to vote on the rules on the basketball court, like two-ball basketball or the 4-point shot, WAY beyond the NBA 3-point line. Click here to vote.
“I’m known for my 4-point shot,” Cheese proudly told me. The 26-year old has a degree in communications from Ball State University in Indiana where he was a basketball standout. He also was captain of his high school basketball team.
Cheese said because of his smaller statute–often called skinny–many people wrote him off. It’s for that very reason that he admires NBA Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Cheese says they’ve both proven that skinny people can hoop it up too. He’s never met Durant but he was quick to tell me, “I’d like to one day.”
Cheese added that some people mistakenly equate size to weakness, but he stresses that’s the farthest thing from the truth. “It’s the size of the heart that gets you where you want to be. I’ve never let that [my size] stop me.”
Sporting the number 11 Globetrotters Jersey, Cheese has been playing basketball since he was six years old. “It was a hobby and then I came to love the game,” he said.
He would get the chance to try out for the Globetrotters in 2010 and was granted a contract that year. Calling it an opportunity of a lifetime, Cheese welcomes his role as a Globetrotter Goodwill Ambassador. “I’m able to be a positive influence, a role model for children,” Cheese said of his many school visits. The Globetrotters have launched an Anti-Bullying Campaign.
The Globetrotters organization has provided an avenue for Cheese to visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland and to play basketball for soldiers overseas who are serving our country. Of these opportunities, Cheese says, “These are humbling events. I have the opportunity to create memories for people, while creating memories for myself too.”
The players also support breast cancer awareness in October by wearing pink uniforms and playing with a pink basketball.
The Harlem Globetrotters is an exhibition basketball team that combines athletic skills with theatre and comedy. Cheese will be showing off his fancy footwork at the Q Arena. He adds that he could also hang with the best of them on “Dancing with the Stars.”