Keynote Speaker
Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Follow your dreams

Jim "The Rookie" Morris

BUT—make sure you have a game plan for success

Jim “The Rookie” Morris’ inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success connects with audiences young and old, male and female. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film The Rookie. 
High school coach Jim Morris thought his dream was over. He’d had his shot playing professional baseball, blew out his shoulder and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris — who threw a 98 mph fastball — would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues!
Jim’s Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His meteoric rise from 35-year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.