My talk at the Basketball Hall of Fame last week was a thrill.

I was there as part of the Champions of Character Education Series that I previously described.

The auditorium was filled to capacity with 300 students and their teachers, representing middle schools and high schools from Springfield, Hartford, and Albany.

The attendees were very attentive and asked great questions. The Hall of Fame itself was a great host, and the facility is awesome.

Claude Johnson at the Basketball Hall of FameAlas poor vintage laced basketball, the game knew you well.

My focus was on:

1) some Black Fives Era artifacts I brought, including a vintage laced basketball, an antique pair of leather basketball shoes, an old jersey, and some old school buckled satin shorts;

2) some pioneers of the Black Fives Era

3) some aspects of how Black Fives started as a company;

4) some of my favorite keys to success in terms of how to make history now.

Claude Johnson at the Basketball Hall of Fame“How many of you would like to make history?”

This was a fun presentation, although I did also learn some things I could do better for next time.

I’m going to have some version of the audio and video available at a later date.