Harlem Globetrotters dazzle kids at Houston hospital

- The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are in Houston for three big games this weekend at NRG Arena. But on Wednesday, they made a special stop at Texas Children’s Hospital to visit children being treated in the cancer center. 

“They're pretty awesome,” said 8-year-old Alex who has leukemia.

It isn’t hard to smile when the Globetrotters "Smile Patrol" stops by for a visit spinning basketballs and doing cool tricks. 

“Such amazing kids they have so much strength so much ability to achieve anything really,” said Johnny “Hawk” Thomas.

"Hawk" Thomas and Orlando "El Gato" Melendez went room to room meeting and entertaining sick children and their families, even teaching them a trick or two. 

“Spread some smiles, spread a little bit of joy. I love it,” said Thomas. “It just makes a difference in these kids’ lives just to see the smile on their face and the pure joy. I know my son's little but he just watches everything they do,” said Kim Ortega whose 22-month-old son, Joey, was just diagnosed with leukemia. 

“It only takes a smile sometime for them to really feel better and have the morale go up and have them actually eat well that day," said Orlando, “El Gato” Melendez.

Celebrating 90 years,  the Globetrotters will play 3 games at NRG Arena this weekend, but not before they dazzle the littlest fans who can't make it. 

“Whenever I come in the room they're always smiling.  They are smiling before I get there they're smiling when I leave which makes me smile,” said Thomas.

For tickets and game information visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

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