WBAL TV - A former member of the Harlem Globetrotters dazzled Carroll County students Friday with an in-your-face, high-energy school assembly that focused on learning and leading.
Charles "Choo" Smith brought his basketball talents and his new book, That's Big, to students and staff at Westminster's Robert Moton Elementary School. His book is written to help young people make a connection between learning and living.
"Love it. Have a passion for it. Learn what you love. Live what you learn, and be a leader by example," Smith told the students. "You love it, learn it, live it and lead it -- that's just anything you do in life."
The students deserve the credit for bringing the basketball legend to campus by using the power of pen and paper.
"We kind of integrated the writing curriculum, and Mrs. Child's fourth graders each wrote an opinion argument paper to persuade 'Choo' to visit Robert Moton, and he's here," Robert Moton Elementary School Assistant Principal Linda Yingling said.
"We wanted Mr. Charles 'Choo' Smith to come to our school and inspire kids to get active," said Rachel Sell, a student.
"It has inspired me that I can do really big things when I grow up, just like he did, and that I can do what I want to do," said Morgan Brandenburg, a student.
Smith shared what has motivated him to write this book and to follow his dreams.
"When I was 7 years old, I wanted to build a baseball field because I saw baseball. I looked at Little League and I wasn't old enough to play Little League, and the kids in the neighborhood didn't have a baseball field. So, I decided I wanted to make a baseball field," Smith said.
School administrators were so impressed with Smith's book and its message that they're trying to get one in the hands all 450 students.