Zeus McClurkin shares his passion for reading with Charles Dickens

When the player visited Charles Dickens School in Cleveland, he left an important message and also hid a surprise in the small free library.

CLEVELAND – The students of Charles Dickens School will not soon forget their visit to Harlem Globetrotters player Zeus McClurkin, just before the start of the holidays.

McClurkin was in town to promote the Globetrotters’ upcoming appearance on December 28 at Rocket Mortgage Field House. He agreed to attend WKYC Studios’ adoption school, Charles Dickens School in Cleveland, where he went straight to the gym and delighted the kids with his dribbling and rigging.

3News presenter Jay Crawford introduced McClurkin to the gym full of Dickensian college students with the inspiring story of how the player was cut from every basketball team he tried out for until Grade 11 – but he became a star with the world-famous Globe-trotters.

“Never give up was the message, and the kids really enjoyed spending time with Zeus,” Crawford said.

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While there, McClurkin was kind enough to record a message about the importance of reading to our Dickensian students. You can see it in the player above.

He even put a special book on Globetrotters away in the school’s little free library when he left.

It was a great gesture of support for Dickens Reads, an effort by 3News to help students become more competent readers and to help families create a good reading environment at home. Dickens Reads is part of 3News’ one-year Education Station initiative sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

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