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Harlem Globetrotter gives tickets to Louisa youth championship team

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:00 am

Justin Coleman (back) of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised LCPRT 11-12 basketball champions The Mavericks with tickets to the Globetrotters game in Richmond on March 10. Mavericks present to receive the tickets were Dasani Jackson (front, l-r), Dashawn Black, Tyler Walton and Norman Murray. (second row, l-r), Devin Corbi Olivia McGhee and Tyreke Coleman. Not pictured: Bradley Guiddi.

The Mavericks, who last week won the Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s 11-12 basketball championship, got another surprise last Thursday when Harlem Globetrotter Justin Coleman, formerly of Mineral, gave the team tickets to the Globetrotters game in Richmond on Friday.

Coleman, who is the first cousin of Mavericks’ coach Gary Jackson, dropped by a team gathering at Jackson’s house to meet the team.

“I wasn’t expecting this,” Norman Murray, a member of the championship team, said of the surprise. “I thought we were just going to chill and do nothing [when we came over].”

Coleman grew up playing basketball, beginning in Louisa’s youth league when he was six. He and Jackson’s son, Latane, who lived next door to each other and played together all of the time, found themselves on different teams. Jackson coached the Trailblazers for his son, while Coleman was on the Bulls.

The rivalry that grew from being on opposing teams pushed Coleman to want to keep improving his game.

“He used to always say that if it wasn’t for the Trailblazers, he wouldn’t be where he is today,” Jackson said.

To read the entire story, see the March 16 edition of The Central Virginian.