MARCH 3, 2006 -- It was a day of hometown honors for Meadowlark Lemon. First, the former Harlem Globetrotter was saluted at a charity luncheon at UNCW. The $3,500 raised at the luncheon will provide scholarships for underprivileged children so they can attend camps and programs.
Lemon had it tough as a kid, as well, growing up in the Brooklyn neighborhood. To play basketball he fashioned a rim out of a coat hanger. But now he's a basketball legend.
After the luncheon, Lemon headed to the Cape Fear Museum for an exhibit about his life. The display includes a Harlem Globetrotters basketball from 1971 signed by all 16 Trotters and Meadowlark's uniform.
The next stop was the Cotton Exchange, home to the city's Walk of Fame, and Lemon was the latest to be honored. Despite all the attention, Lemon says he doesn't think of himself as a hometown hero.