A Coach and a Miracle
Rarely do we get a chance to hear how one person, who made a split-second decision, changed the course of a life, and went on to change countless lives in the process.
Over 30 years of experience developing winning high-school basketball teams, including 428 career victories, sets the stage for the unique credibility and power of Coach Jim Johnson’s message. One particular victory, in a moment of opportunity and risk with an autistic student-manager, Jason McElwain (J-Mac), catapulted Jim, the team and J-Mac down a path of inspiration and hope. That one victory continues to reverberate into countless lives as audience after audience is touched by a wave of courage and tenacity.
“I think it’s a great story — to follow your dream, follow your goals and never ever quit. It’s a great story for people of my age, people of any age.” Dick Vitale, ESPN Basketball Commentator and Basketball Hall of Famer
Coach Jim Johnson’s life-changing message imparts a deeper awareness of the power of the human spirit. With a rare ability to take audiences far beyond a motivational talk and into a transformational experience, he reminds us of the magic of passion, perseverance, and the power of teamwork.
Dreams Really Do Come True! is a timely, feel-good message that leaves people feeling re-charged and optimistic about the contribution they can make with their lives and the difference they can make in the lives of those around them.
“Jim gave him [J-Mac] that opportunity. You do the right thing like that, you may change a life forever.” John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach, University of Kentucky Wildcats
Coach Jim’s experience and success has put him in high demand, speaking to audiences from all over the country and from all walks of life. A few of the organizations Coach has spoken to include: Pontiac, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Ladders, Paychex Inc, the National Conference on Student Leadership, and the Social Security Administration.
“I find in case after case after case, there is a person who sees the talent and passion and that’s what attracts them. And that’s what [Coach Johnson] did. When you look at people on the autism spectrum, there is a mentor involved.” Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
Audiences of all types are always touched and deeply inspired by Coach Jim’s life-changing message about the power of the human spirit. Media appearances have included the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows. In 2006 he met President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki, and Senator Hillary Clinton, to name a few. The Greece Athena team was also paid a visit at school by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. J-Mac’s miracle moment won the ESPY for “Best Sports Moment” at the ESPN awards show later that year.