How We Started

 About our Founder

“Luck only happens when preparation  and opportunity meet”. Michael shares this message with youth because it also guides his life. Growing up in Memphis, TN, Michael Douglas had a love for the game of basketball. His dedication and determination led him to be an outstanding basketball player at all levels. Michael was an outstanding athlete at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis and became a leading athlete at Dyersburg State College in Tennessee. The opportunity presented itself in 1986 for Michael to try out for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters along with 1500 other outstanding athletes. Michael was the top pick for the Harlem Globetrotters and toured with the team from 1986 -1993. Michael has traveled to over 100 countries entertaining crowds as the 7th Showman in the history of the Harlem Globetrotters – sharing a positive attitude and embracing diversity.

In 1991, Michael founded the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation (MDYF) in order to help individuals and communities realize their optimal potential. The mission of the youth foundation is to provide activities that are fun, educational and provide a model of healthy living. The MDYF strive to help communities provide positive and educational activities for youth.

The Harlem Legends were founded and are led by Michael Douglas and are a part of the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation. The MDYF utilizes the Harlem Legends to carry out the mission and activities of the youth foundation. The Harlem Legends are a group of professional athletes, former players of the Harlem Globetrotters, NBA, NFL, and past USA Olympians and other professionals.


The foundation provides various activities to schools, youth organizations, non – profits and the total community, which can be

utilized  as fund raisers. We offer our Celebrity Basketball Show, Shoot for the Stars Camps and Motivational Programs. Michael currently participates in a variety of community activities with various organizations across the country. He has served as a motivational speaker for the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Youth Speakers Bureau. In addition Michael has made appearances through the Scottish Rite Children Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, and Mother Against Violence, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Help Rebuild LA Program, Atlanta Hawks, USA Military Bases, and more

Our Mission
The mission of the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation is to assist communities in providing activities that are fun, educational, and promote a model of healthy living.

What We Do
By offering unique fundraising programs to communities and non-profit organizations around the globe, the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation helps raise the funds necessary to build positive youth programs and activities. The foundation can assist your community in raising funds for youth programs with our
Celebrity Basketball Games, Motivational Forums, Globeshotter Festival Event, Evening of Sports History and more.

Get Started
Learn more about the fundraising possibilities the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation has to offer your community and schedule your next fundraising event by contacting us


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