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Hubert “Geese” Ausbie

When Hurbert “Geese” Ausbie steps into a room or on a stage, electricity fills the air. The former Harlem Globetrotter seems to be larger than life as he begins his program with the sound of basketballs bouncing to an offbeat cadence. Excitement soars as school kids burst into applause. “It’s Geese Ausbie” — all 6-feet, 5-inches of him! That is the atmosphere surrounding a live appearance by Mr. Ausbie and his Drug Free Youth Program.

He holds his audience captive with trick shots, spins and long shots executed with precision timing and comical expertise. The humorous aspects, however, do not overshadow the very serious message Mr. Ausbie gets across. He tells it like it is: Drugs are dangerous.

Mr. Ausbie’s professional career is the stuff of dreams. Born in Crescent, Oklahoma, he is an outstanding multi-sport athlete who turned down more than 200 offers from major colleges to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock His senior year at the college he became the nation’s third highest scorer, and was named a basketball All-American.

Turning down offers from both professional baseball and basketball teams, Mr. Ausbie chose to join the Harlem Globetrotters in 1962. He remained the team’s cornerstone for the next 23 years, participating in more than 6,000 basketball games in more than 100 countries.

Mr. Ausbie’s most notable present-day accomplishment is the Drug-Free Youth Program & Traveling Museum Showcase (a collection of Globetrotter-related memorabilia) which he has presented to hundreds of students at all grade levels in Arkansas and other states.

Mr. Ausbie has received awards from Big Brothers, The Jerry Lewis Foundation, Special Olympics, and numerous other organizations. Two scholarships have been established in his name. Currently he serves on the advisory committee for the National Youth Sports Program. He is a Mason and a deacon at Greater Archview Baptist Church. Married for 25 years to his college sweetheart, Awilda, he has four children and two grandchildren.

Although Mr. Ausbie and sports have been good to each other, he has stressed to his children that “there is no substitute for education “. His philosophy” “Church first, then school, and if you’re good enough at sports–it’ll come.”