If you are looking for an inspiring story of overcoming adversity and a late start to achieve a lofty goal, look no further than Globetrotters dunking sensation Hammer Harrison.
Hammer once broke every finger on his right hand and right wrist. When he was 11, he broke both of his legs, an injury that required a month of confinement to a wheelchair and three months of physical therapy. The resulting pain prevented him from playing intense competitive sports for five years.
When he was 17, Hammer experienced a five-inch growth spurt and took up basketball, quickly seeing it as an avenue to accomplish great things. After high school, he enrolled at Sullivan Community College (N.Y.), played basketball every single day to improve his skills and walked on to the basketball team his second year. That year, the team put together a dream season, going undefeated on their way to the 2007 NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Hammer was the leading scorer for his team in the title game. Hammer then played at Hampton University, where he led the Pirates in field goal percentage and blocked shots in the 2008-09 season and was the team’s second-leading rebounder.
When you attend a Globetrotters game, you might see Hammer attempt some long trick shots, and he is the proud owner of the Guinness World Records® record for the longest underhand basketball shot, an astounding 84 feet 8.5 inches.
Hammer also owns a degree in computer graphics. “I’m really into computer technology and the development of new gadgets, and I build computers from scratch,” says Hammer, who dreams of someday opening his own graphic design studio.
Some of his other interests include skydiving, riding jet skis, reading, boating, fishing and playing ping-pong. His hidden talents include cooking and riding a unicycle is a hidden talent of Hammer’s. The Globetrotters’ star has even had a try at gymnastics, learning moves from U.S. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.
As a Globetrotter, he’s traveled to all 50 U.S. states with the world famous team. Hammer has made appearances on GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”