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Jun 7, 2021

Former Harlem Globetrotter player and coach, Herb “Flight Time” Lang is spreading his “Kindness is Free” message all over the world. Furthermore, upon retiring from his eighteen-year career as a Harlem Globetrotter, Herb plans to inspire through public speaking, publishing, community outreach programs, as well as television. 

Herb is a loving, fair, passionate, and trustworthy leader with so much to give back to people. Also, he truly believes it’s important to treat others even better than you expect to be treated. A little boy who grew up in the projects in Brinkley, Arkansas became a Harlem Globetrotter with opportunities to interact with governors, presidents, popes, and many other powerful dignitaries around the world. As a Harlem Globetrotter, Herb’s nickname was “Flight Time” and he invites you to take flight with him on a journey through life and around the world.  

Episode Highlights:

  • Herb “Flight Time” Lang starts off by spinning the basketball for Emily.
  • Then he talks about playing basketball in college, what it took to be invited to the Harlem Globetrotters' training camp, and how he was selected as a player.  
  • The Harlem Globetrotters' training camp is in Arizona, not New York as one might think. 
  • Next, Emily points out how Herb has adapted to change throughout his life.
  • This interview was conducted on Inauguration Day 2021 and Herb talks about his desire for the country to come together .
  • Herb talks about how he got the nick name "Flight Time".
  • Emily and Herb talk about who would win if they played each other in a game of H.O.R.S.E.
  • Herb had to learn how to be more outgoing once he made the Globetrotter team.
  • Emily asks Herb what he recommends to anyone listening who wants to be a Globetrotter.
  • Also, Herb reminds us not to give up on our dreams.
  • Next Herb tells some awesome stories about meeting meet the President of the United States and Pope Francis.
  • After that, Herb talks about a time when he became depressed.
  • Herb talks about his father's military service.
  • After that, Herb gets goosebumps as he talks about the times he traveled to military bases to perform in front of the troops.
  • Herb talks about being on the show, The Amazing Race, three times.
  • After that, Herb talks about an embarrassing moment when Emily asked Herb what happened when he checked into his first college basketball game.
  • Towards the end of his time with the Globetrotters, Herb was a player/coach.
  • Herb then describes when he got the unexpected call telling him that he was being let go from the Globetrotters after 18 years.
  • Then Herb shares how he reacted to that call, initially, and upon some reflection.
  • Next, he talks about how grateful he is to have been a Globetrotter.
  • Herb’s hashtag is Kindness is Free.
  • Also, the more we give, the more we get back.
  • Herb talks about his plans to host some basketball retreats for children at his home.
  • Next Herb talks about the book Love Works and the importance of leadership.
  • Finally Herb talks about his great grandmother at the request of a listener.

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