Jim Morris

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Biography

Jim "The Rookie" Morris' inspirational and motivational message about following through on your dreams and promises to others connects with all audiences, young and old, male and female. His life story is also the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid. This family film won the ESPY for best sports film of the year and was recently recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 best sports films of all-time.

Originally a top prospect, Jim's career in baseball was derailed by injuries and immaturity at the age of 24. He got married, raised a family and eventually became a high school physics teacher and baseball coach in southwest Texas. At the age of 35, Jim Morris made a bet with his struggling high school baseball team: If they won the district championship, then he would go try out for a major league team. Miraculously, his team won the district championship and Jim went to a tryout, where he threw twelve consecutive pitches at 98 mph.

Three months later, Jim Morris realized his long-lost dream of becoming a major league player when he struck out All Star Royce Clayton in his first major league appearance in front of family and friends back in Texas.

Jim Morris is a polished public speaker and uses his story in combination with the goals of his customer to inspire and motivate. Imagine having Tom Hanks over at your house for a cup of coffee. That's what it's like having Jim Morris speak with your group. Jim Morris also has a great sense of humor that will make your group laugh and inspire them at the same time.

Speaking Topics

  • Never Giving Up on a Dream
  • Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader
  • Taking Advantage of Second Chances
  • Remembering Who You Are
  • Keeping your Promises
  • Learning How to Laugh at Yourself

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