On the rebound
Szolack 73 made a career out of losingto the Harlem
Globetrotters. A member of the Washington Generals, the Globetrotters
on-court scapegoats, Szolack played all over the United States and
Europe bringing laughter and joy to millions of fans. Playing
for the Generals was a million dollar experience, said Szolack,
only without the million dollars.
But when the cheering stopped and some major set backs occurred,
Szolack turned to drugs and alcohol. For seven years he struggled
with the addiction and its effects. Then, when he needed the help
of a friend the mosthe got itin the form of a simple
hug. She gave me a hug and helped me get back on my feet,
Today, he is the substance abuse awareness director at Hammonton
High School. He uses his experiences to help teens understand the
horrors of drug and alcohol addiction.
Szolack also developed Do Hugs, Not Drugs, a motivational speech
hes been performing for 12 years for high school students
across the country. I get the kids to open up to me,
said Szolack. Its not just about drugs anymore, but
other issues too.
While Szolacks basketball career kept him from scoring much
on court, hes now making big wins helping teens slam dunk
drugs and alcohol.