Hoop dreams come true for patients

Kids score big with a visit from Harlem Globetrotters’ Briana “Hoops” Green.

Harlem Globetrotters’ Briana “Hoops” Green scored big with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital patients on a recent afternoon, and even shared some tricks of the trade.

Green, a Kentucky native, is the 15th woman to join the Harlem Globetrotters’ basketball team. As the team enters its 91st season of entertaining fans, Green enters her very first season with the Globetrotters.

Colors of red, white and blue blur as a basketball spins on the very tip of her index finger as she enters the hospital room of 17-year-old Janie Seaman, who is being treated for leukemia.

“Hi Janie! How are you doin’?” asks Green as she greets Janie with a warm smile and a hop in her step. “I’m ‘Hoops’, it’s nice to meet you!”

Janie’s mother, Dawn, was overjoyed by the visit.

“Thank you for visiting my daughter,” Dawn said. “She was diagnosed with leukemia the second day of school and things have been rough ever since. We always enjoy whenever somebody stops by.”

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