Globetrotter makes spin though town

A Harlem Globetrotter visited Marshalltown Monday and brought with him all the basketball-whirling tricks one would expect.

He also brought a message of anti-bullying and trying your best to students at two schools in town.

Brawley “Cheese” Chisholm, 27, visited Franklin Elementary School and Miller Middle School to crowds of cheering students.

Chisholm told the students to believe in their dreams, just as he did which allowed him to land a job with the traveling basketball team.

That team, along with Chisholm, will play at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse on Jan. 5.

“They can expect 88 years of rich history with wizardry, ball handling, flashy passing and high-flying dunks,” Chisholm said of the upcoming show. “And, also the fact that we create memories.”

Chisholm had students laughing and playing along with his games at both schools.

“It’s great to have that inspiration for the kids,” said Miller Principal Jacy Large.

The two schools were selected for his visit through a contest in the Times-Republican won by students Colin Schmidt at Franklin and Abigail Potter at Miller, who wrote essays on why their school should be selected for the visit.

Chisholm said he enjoys meeting the kids and teaching them the anti-bullying message.

“We’re role models that kids look up to, so seeing us means a lot,” Chisholm said. “Being a Harlem Globetrotter is very special.”

As far as his nickname, Chisholm said he got it because of his smile.

“That’s why they call me ‘Cheese,’ because I smile all the time,” he said.

After spending the morning in Marshalltown, Chisholm headed to Iowa City for an appearance at the Iowa basketball game.