Colorado Springs native TNT Maddox on how she became a Harlem Globetrotter

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Is there anything different about playing and training with the Globetrotters than, say, a more "traditional" team?

Yeah, we're a little more (about) entertainment, more intimate with the fans. After every game we make sure we stay out and sign autographs and we do a lot of stuff off the court. That's what really brought me into the Globetrotters, as opposed to going back overseas.

Collectively, we've probably been to over 400 schools; we have a bully prevention program that we started just this year, and I'm excited about that. We go to hospitals and visit Boys & Girls Clubs.

We do a lot off the court as well -- and that's different for me. Not that I wasn't doing it before, but not at this level. We have a bigger stage to do things like that. Another thing I think is cool, especially as a woman, is that we're fighting against breast cancer throughout this whole U.S. tour. A portion of the game we play with a pink basketball, and I'm proud to be a part of team that helps out.

What is your favorite part about playing with the Globetrotters?

Personally, I'd have to say the fans. I get an opportunity to know them, they get to know me. At the end of the day, basketball is basketball, and I think that is what takes it to a different level, for me, at least. That's been my favorite part so far.

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