'Basketball Jones' to speak to WRV students

Friday, September 26, 2008

White River Valley Schools are planning a motivational treat for students in grades six through 12.

That's when Jim Basketball Jones presents a program of inspirational stories interspersed with a little basketball spinning, dribbling and juggling.

Jones is considered one of the country's top basketball handlers who receives rave reviews for his motivational talks.

As a young child, Jones was an "LD" (learning disabled) student who struggled with dyslexia. He spent five years in "special" classes before being mainstreamed with extensive tutoring.

Jones tells students he had to learn the hard way how to get things done -- with hard work and lots of determination.

By high school, he was no longer being tutored but still had lots of "special classes." He spent countless hours handling a basketball and at the age of 16, he started performing at halftimes for the Cleveland Cavaliers' games.

By the time he graduated from college, he had been on the dean's list all four years and received numerous awards. He went on to obtain a master's degree and now owns and operates two businesses.

Each year, Jones makes over 350 appearances around the country to help kids realize their dreams and never, never give up.

His visit, organized by Mike Karr, will be a high energy, interactive student assembly Oct. 20.

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