PORTLAND -- The Harlem Globetrotters were in town this week and on Tuesday they honored a 7-year-old Beaverton girl for some off-court heroics.
“When we visit cities we look for Junior Phenoms, and Alexus Osborn fits that role because she saved her family during a house fire,” said Globetrotter Anthony “Buckets” Blake.
Last March, flames started in a dryer at Osborn's Oak Grove home.
“She woke up, saw the smoke and came and started banging on my door,” said her father, Bill Osborn. “She’s my little hero.”
The Globetrotters made her an honorary captain at one of the skills camps they’re conducting in the Portland area.
“At the clinics, we try to work on fundamentals and also teach some life skills,” said Blake.
Players work on lay-ups, play games and also learn the “A B C’s” of bullying. A is for action, B is for bravery and C is for compassion.
“I learned I should stand up for myself and for other people,” said player Zoe Mish.
The two-hour clinic costs $59 and includes a ticket to the next Portland Globetrotters game.
Clinics will be at the 24-Hour Fitness in Beaverton Wednesday and then at the fitness center’s Clackamas location Thursday through Sunday.
“They’re some of the best coaches you can get because they’re really good and they know the fundamentals of basketball,” said player Tripper Wulf.
“I would give them five stars!” another young player said.