Irving native becomes Harlem Globetrotter

Today, Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu (eck-wor-oh-MAA-doo) is among the Globetrotters’ 2014 class of rookies. But she spent her early years, through the age of 13, living in Irving. She attended Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic School from 1st to 5th grade, and North Hills Charter School during middle school. Her family then moved to Coppell where she attended Coppell High School.

The Harlem Globetrotters have traditionally been a men’s basketball team since they were founded in 1926. Eighty-eight years later, the world famous team welcomed her as only the 12th female player to the roster.

She recently competed in Maputo, Mozambique, Africa with the Nigerian national team in the 23rd Afrobasket for Women tournament. Sweet J has been a member of the Nigerian national team since 2007. Her parents are from Nigeria but moved to the U.S. before she was born.

As a member of the Texas State University’s basketball team, Sweet J was the fifth player in the school’s history to record over 1500 points and 600 rebounds. She was named Southland Conference Player of the Year and Student Athlete of the Year in 2008, when she averaged 18.7 points per page and led the school to its first postseason win in program history in the Women’s NIT, hitting the game-winning shot. Showcasing her shooting range, she made a school-record 82 three-pointers her senior year and finished third in the 2008 College 3-Point Championship.

Sweet J’s love of basketball can be traced back to her days on the playground when she was 10. She remembers watching the older guys play and trying to mimic their moves. Playing basketball became something she couldn’t go a day without doing.

Off the court, Sweet J enjoys skating, movies and music. Besides the Harlem Globetrotters, her favorite sports teams are the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. She has a crush on Channing Tatum, but she is terrified of spiders. Other things that people may not know about her are that she is an only child, she can roll her stomach and she can’t swim–which made the coolest experience she’s ever had of jet skiing on the Mediterranean Sea quite scary. Besides learning how to swim, she would also like to learn how to play the piano. Sweet J is proud to be part of an organization that provides family entertainment and a positive influence to youths, such as when she and her female teammates, TNT Maddox and T-Time Brawner, became registered as Adult Girl Scouts.

Sweet J will be the only female on the roster in Dallas when she leads the Globetrotters into American Airlines Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sweet J is unique in many ways, and now being a member of the Harlem Globetrotters can be added to that list. She hopes it will show young girls that anything is possible with faith, hard work and dedication.

SOURCE Harlem Globetrotters