Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams.
In his many public speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a high school basketball game that made national headlines. He emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship; concepts which gave Coach Johnson winning high school basketball teams for over 30 years..
Coach has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, ESPN and dozens of other National TV and radio shows. He has had the privilege of meeting former President George Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2011, he released his first book A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons from a Man Who Believed in an Autistic Boy.
This year, Coach was named the Class A Section Five Coach of the Year. He officially retired from coaching at the end of this past season so that he can speak full time; he also works closely a with Rochester-area non-profit: AutismUp.
On Feb. 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the kindhearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac into Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Coach Johnson, also, was featured in major news outlets around the country.
To make the Hollywood ending complete, Greece Athena captured the first Section V title of Coach Johnson’s career a few weeks later.
We are happy to have him here with us today.
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