(September 10, 2009)
Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.
Centenary Grad Takes Part in "Amazing Race"
SHREVEPORT, La.—He has traveled the world entertaining crowds around the country and around the world with his teammates. Soon he will be traveling with only one of those teammates and together take part in one of the greatest road trips of their lives.
Herb Lang, a 1998 graduate of Centenary College and member of the Harlem Globetrotters, and fellow teammate Nathaniel Lofton will compete against 11 other teams on the CBS program, The Amazing Race 15.
Lang attended and played basketball at Centenary College, graduating in 1998 with a degree in health sciences and physical education. The oldest of nine children, he went on to star at Centenary College, where he was a first-team all-conference selection and a conference scoring champ. During his senior year at Centenary, he won the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Slam Dunk Contest. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to the Harlem Globetrotters training camp in 1999 and will soon begin his 11th year with the team.
According to the teammates, their athletic talent brought the two friends together five years ago when they met at the Harlem Globetrotters training camp. While getting to know each other, Lang and Lofton discovered that their occupation and need to entertain others were not the only things they had in common. They both live in Louisiana, have two children and shared the same college basketball coach.
Recently, they lost one of their best friends and teammate, Chris Richardson, who passed away in December — and both continue to struggle with that loss. The three were commonly referred to as the "three amigos" throughout their inner circle.
Herb Lang & Nathaniel Lofton
Lang believes he can get along with anyone on the planet and that he brings joy and laughter to all corners of the globe. Standing at 6'3," he is known among his colleagues as "Flight Time." Lofton, who goes by the name "The Big Easy," towers over the competition at 6'9," and admits to being worried that seating could present a problem on some of the flights.
Both have traveled extensively with the Globetrotters. Lang has traveled to more than 60 countries, while Lofton has traveled to more than 30. Despite their love of exploring new places, and their extensive knowledge of other countries, they're eager to see how well they can travel together when it is just the two of them.
Even if their fancy footwork does not translate to winning the $ 1 million prize, they both are confident that their relationship will remain the same regardless of where they end up in the Race.
The Amazing Race 15 premieres Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.
About Centenary College of Louisiana
Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.