Ace Jackson was never afraid to do the unthinkable. When she was just six, Ace asked her father if she could learn how to play basketball, because her father would teach her brother basketball all of the time.
“At first he told me, ‘No,’ because I was too short and a girl,” Ace says. “Once I threatened to tell my mom on him, he had a change of heart and started to train me,” she laughs.
As Ace pursued her basketball dreams, every coach she had from middle school to high school inspired her to great heights. “They were very strong, smart and independent women who kept me focused,” Ace says. “They would open the gym early so I could get some shots up before classes started. They were dedicated to me, as I was to them and my teams.”
She also attended basketball camps conducted by Globetrotter Handles Franklin. Handles saw something special in Ace and encouraged her to try out for the team.
“I have always had the desire and will to help people,” Ace said. “Being a Harlem Globetrotter means that I am able to make a difference and an impact in the world and in many peoples’ lives.”
Ace played her first two years of college ball at Savannah State University (Ga.), where she quickly grabbed the starting point guard job as a freshman and led the team in three-pointers and assists. She led the team in scoring and assists as a sophomore and was named to the NCAA Division I All-Independent All-American second team. Ace then transferred to Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) for her final two seasons, leading the team in points, three-pointers and assists as a junior and in three-pointers, assists and steals as a senior.
She knew how important her studies were as well, as during her collegiate career, she was an all-academic selection and made the Dean’s List. She graduated with a degree in business administration.
“My father always told me that I need to work hard in and out of school, and if I do, I will be successful,” Ace says.
Ace’s continued success is what has brought her to the Harlem Globetrotters today as the team’s 13th woman to ever wear a Globetrotters uniform.
Since joining the team, Ace has made several television appearances on shows like “Good Morning America,” the Harlem Globetrotters’ annual TV game special and faced the “toughest mile on the planet” when she competed – alongside two of her teammates, on CBS’ “Tough Mudder.”
In the fall of 2017, Ace was part of a special trip to Lithuania and Estonia as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy program, where she and teammate, Buckets Blakes, presented the team’s renowned anti-bullying program and conducted basketball clinics to thousands of kids.