Medowlark Lemon to visit Piggott
A very special visitor will make his way to Piggott this weekend. Meadowlark Lemon, the world-renowned "Clown Prince of Basketball," who has entertained millions with his uncanny skill with a basketball and his funny antics as the most famous member of the wildly-popular Harlem Globetrotters, will present a special community-wide ministry beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Piggott Community Center.
Lemon, who has reached countless audiences as an ordained minister as well as one of the most recognized and beloved names in sports and entertainment, will share testimonies in addition to meeting with visitors and signing his book, "Trust Your Next Shot."
Lemon learned about the Piggott community from a chance meeting with author and pastor of Reach Out Christ's Kingdom (ROCK) Ministries pastor Chris Shelton while the two authors were sharing their books and messages of faith and caring. The foreword for Shelton's book, "It's Okay, You're With My Father (A Child Abuse Investigator's Call to the Church)" and Lemon's book both were written by evangelist and author Frank Shelton. A connection was formed between the two through their shared devotion. Lemon later contacted Shelton about appearing at ROCK Ministries.
"I felt like that was something that would benefit the entire community," Shelton said. "It was a wonderful gesture, but I felt like it was something not just for our church, but everyone. I spoke with some of the other pastors and decided the best place to hold something like this would be the community center where everyone could feel welcome to attend."
Through his prominence, both as a minister and an athlete, Lemon is a major attraction at much larger areas. Having entertained enormous crowds -- and even kings and queens, the basketball legend is looking forward to visiting a small community like Piggott, according to Shelton.
"It's about the ministry and the message," Shelton said. "I've been fortunate enough to speak with him and he's such a nice, approachable man. He's looking forward to coming here, and we're very excited to welcome him."
With the whistling sounds of "Sweet Georgia Brown" playing, Lemon and his fellow Globetrotters were famous for instantly lighting up a crowded gymnasium or even a living room television with their amusing presentations of comedy and their over-the-top basketball skills. The Harlem Globetrotters have been one of the most beloved sports entities of all time, with Lemon's personality, smile and amazing half-court hook shot leading the way.
Lemon incorporates some of his basketball prowess into his ministry, often bringing young listeners up front to try their hand at some of the hallmark Globetrotter moves.
The special visit will allow fans of all ages a wonderful opportunity to meet one of sports' most famous legends while enjoying a message of hope and inspiration.