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2007

Melvin Adams

Melvin Adams has had the privilege of speaking to more than 2,000,000 youths at school assemblies, basketball clinics/camps, and other events. He has a wide variety of speaking experiences including interviews and guest appearances from all forms of media.

Adams’ passion for reaching America’s youth has provided countless opportunities to speak, perform, and share with groups. Adams was born in 1971 and grew up in a ghetto of Houston, Texas. He has overcome incredibly negative circumstances in his life to achieve the dream of playing professional basketball.

At the age of 13, Adams’ father died and left him with the pressure of being financially strapped and surrounded by hopeless situations. Thus, he turned to sports. Hard work and endless practicing kept him out of trouble. At Eisenhower High School, Adams led the district in assists and steals and averaged 16 points per game for the Eagles. He graduated from San Jose Christian College where he was a two-time NCAA III All-American basketball player. Adams is the all-time scoring, assists, and steals leader in Warriors history.

After college, he continued to focus on basketball and was given the opportunity to play professionally. He later joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named “Mr. Globetrotter” numerous times. This award is presented yearly to the teammate that most exemplifies the excitement and energy associated with the Harlem Globetrotters. On March 17, 2000, Adams retired from the Harlem Globetrotters due his immense passion to reach youth nationwide. For more information on Melvin Adams, please visit www.melvinadams.org.

“Students know right away if someone is being real with them, meeting them where they are. Melvin’s captivating testimony and dynamic personality has them from the word ‘go.’ This guy’s got a gift for speaking to young people! His genuine love and concern for them and their future shines through and I can’t wait to work with him again!”

J.P. Robinson, youth minister
Harpeth Community Church, Franklin, TN

Derek Luke

Born: 04/24/1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey
Job Titles: Actor, Salesclerk on the Sony lot
Education: Jersey State College, New Jersey

Handsome and gifted with a winning grin, Derek Luke was relatively unknown except for appearances on the television series Moesha and The King of Queens. During the casting process for the 2002 movie Antwone Fisher, Luke’s determination and perseverance paid off when he caught the attention of the film’s first-time director, Denzel Washington, amongst hundreds of other young hopefuls. A New Jersey native and former employee at the Sony Pictures gift shop (where he sold candy for five years), Luke auditioned for the role of Antwone Fisher five times over a four-year period. Finally, he won the starring role that marked his big break into feature films, playing the real-life African American sailor who must overcome his rage over the traumas of his youth. The young actor was heaped with critical accolades for his emotional, vulnerable performance.

Luke was then cast in Biker Boyz (2003) starring opposite Laurence Fishburne and Kid Rock where he played a rookie African American motorcycle street racer hoping to dethrone the reigning champion. Luke was later cast in Pieces of April (2003), written and directed by Peter Hedges, where he played Katie Holmes’ caring and supportive boyfriend Bobby. Luke starred next in Peter Berg’s understated sports drama Friday Night Lights (2004), playing the cocky star tailback on a small town high school team whose season-ending injury jeopardizes his chance at making it to the college level. Luke then starred in another inspirational sports story, Glory Road (2006), the true-life telling of the 1966 Texas Western Miners who made NCAA history thanks to their charismatic coach, played by Josh Lucas, whose will to win with heart, determination, and self-respect helped break down racial barriers.

Career Milestones

1999 – Television debut as an orderly on The King of Queens

2001 – Appeared on an episode of Moesha

2002 – Feature debut as the title character in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, Antwone Fisher

2002 – Featured in a series of Gap TV commericals

2003 – Cast in Sundance Film Festival’s favorite by Writer/Director Peter Hedges, comedy feature, Pieces of April

2003 – Co-starred in the motorcycle drama, Biker Boyz

2004 – Cast in the football film, Friday Night Lights, directed by Peter Berg and based on H.G. Bissinger’s book

2004 – Cast opposite Val Kilmer in Spartan, a film by David Mamet

2006 – Co-starred in the political thriller, Catch a Fire, as a victim to apartheid in South Africa

2006 – Co-starred with Josh Lucas in Glory Road, based on the first all-black college basketball teams road to the NCAA national championship in 1966

Dave the Horn Guy

Dave the Horn Guy is Dave Enns, a musician’ musicians and a guy with a lot of horns. His innovative spirit and musical genius have led him to perform all over the country, from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to major sporting events’ half-time shows and national corporate events.


Shachah

Shachah is a Hebrew word meaning to bow down, to prostrate oneself, or to crouch before God in worship.


Shonlock

In the abyss of rappers, emcees, and every other definition of mic-holders, one has to wonder about the absence of the all-around entertainer. Shonlock started out as a “b-boy” in the Midwest streets of Chicago. Although writing was always his passion, dancing was a major contributor to his reputation as “talented” during his high school years. Shon’s gift caught the attention of stage show producers who, after a brief audition asked Shon to assist in the choreography of singer Aaliyah. After three months of working diligently with Aaliyah’s team, Shon was blessed with yet another opportunity to work with Nashville based hip-hop group GRITS, Nicole C. Mullen, and Toby Mac. During this time, Shon continued to develop his rhyme skills and a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. This sparked an overall blend of faith-based music accompanied by Shon’s stage charisma.


Classic Cars Show

Enjoy a cool spring evening outdoors while checking out some of the finest classic cars in Southern California. Meet the owners and ask questions about the unique and elaborate hobby of refurbishing classics.


Sonsational Activities and Events

Come play interactive inflatable games and bouncy rides just like a kid at the fair! Sonsational Activities will feature their best equipment for this year’s Night of Champions.



Please contact the Night of Champions Office with any questions.