The familiar refrains of "Sweet Georgia Brown" filling the gym at a South Brunswick school meant only one thing: a Globetrotter was in the house. Herb "Flight Time" Lang, a guard on the world famous Harlem Globetrotters visited with students at on Tuesday to promote the team's C.H.E.E.R message (Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm and Responsibility).
Lang, who also competed on two seasons of the CBS Emmy Award winning series "The Amazing Race," told the students about his upbringing as the oldest of 9 siblings and the importance of academics.
"I hope the kids learn from my story, are inspired by our C.H.E.E.R program and use that to do something positive with their lives," Lang said. "I really enjoy getting to meet with kids and being a Globetrotter gives me the opportunity to visit a lot of hospitals and schools. I love it, they bring the kid out in me. Instead of me entertaining them it usually turns into them entertaining me."
In addition to competing on "The Amazing Race," Lang has also appeared on reality shows like Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," ABC's "The Bachelorette," and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," where he answered each question correctly. In 1998, he won the College Slam Dunk Contest on ESPN.
Lang stressed the importance of hard work, cooperation and responsibility during his visit with the kids, including the importance of doing homework. He also talked about the life of a Globetrotter, including performing in countries all over the world.
"I often tell people that becoming a Globetrotter is more than a dream come true, because I never dreamed I could be one," he said. "I'm living a dream every day and I get to share it with kids all over the world."
The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing in the area throughout this weekend, with games on Saturday at the Sun National Bank Center at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.