The theatrical basketball players joined McLaurin at Roots Public Charter School, where she volunteers as much as 40 hours a week as a foster grandmother. In a video shared by the team, players Moose Weekes and Zeus McClurkin got their dance with the famous McLaurin, tossed a basketball with her and taught her to spin it on her finger.
They gave her a jersey with her last name and the number 107 on it and donated 107 tickets for Roots students to come see them play while the team is in Washington this weekend. In the video, McLaurin tells the kids, who call her Grandma, to obey their parents and get an education.
When McLaurin, who never stops smiling and laughing (a common reaction of hers is, “Isn’t that nice?”), first heard that the Globetrotters wanted to meet her and treat her students to a game, she said she wanted to do it so the kids could have the experience.
McLaurin met President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a Black History Month reception at the White House last month. The White House released a video of their interaction, during which the three hold hands and dance. Meeting the first black president was her dream, McLaurin said.
Inspired by her strong spirit, many people inquired about helping McLaurin financially. Her close friend and her son set up a fundraising page in hopes of raising enough so she can move out of her less-than-desirable apartment. It has raised a little more than $27,000.
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