THE NBRPA MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER HARLEM GLOBETROTTER ALVIN CLINKSCALES

November 11, 2013

The NBRPA offers condolences to the family of former Harlem Globetrotter Alvin Clinkscales, who passed away at the age of 81.

Clinkscales was born in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1932 and attended Central High School. He continued his education at the University of Bridgeport, where he shined as an athlete.

He was chosen by the New York Knickes in the NBA draft, but instead decided to take an offer to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.  After playing with the Globetrotters for two years, Clinkscales was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956 and played basketball with the Fort Dix team.

Upon his discharged, Clinkscales changed his career path and took up teaching. From there, he was named the basketball coach at Notre Dame High School of Bridgeport. At this time, he continued to play basketball for the Milford Chiefs, a semi-pro team. This didn’t stop him from continuing to focus his career on education. Alvin received a Masters Degree at Southern Connecticut University and spent the next 40 years of his life guiding and motivating youth to attain their academic goals at Sacred Heart University

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Margaret ("Peggy") Clinkscales, children Keith (Gia), Norma and Erik, and grandchild Robel.