Students were treated to an excellent message during an assembly today. Jim Basketball Jones focused on applying kindness and care to everyone around you. He encouraged students to look for the good in classmates and to have each others' backs.
In addition, he performed an array of basketball tricks that excited the school, and kept everyone engaged. His ability to spin and juggle basketballs amazed everyone present.
Jones pulled a lot of students up to the front to help with his demonstration and utilized them to help with his message of becoming successful through hard work, responsibility, and making good choices.
In first grade, Jim Jones was diagnosed with dyslexia. Jim’s struggles were so great that he immediately found himself placed in a special education program. It would take Jim five years working with his tutors and speech therapists before he would make it into a regular classroom.
This adversity fundamentally shaped Jim’s view of the world, and provided him with many early life lessons about the good of accepting help from others, overcoming adversity, and learning to appreciate difference. These would later become the cornerstones of his career as a public speaker.
One of the main motivations in Jones's life was wanting to be like his brother, Mike. This makes me wonder, what is your motivation? What makes you like you are? Who do you follow? What did the assembly mean to you?