Since 2006, Coach Jim Johnson has taken his message of inspiration across the country. He has been sharing with all types of audiences that “Dreams Really Do Come True”. In his many appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that brought him calls from Hollywood to the White House. Coach Johnson has been delivering his presentations with compelling stories of life lessons in a heartfelt style that brings audiences to their feet.
On February 15, 2006 Coach Johnson inserted his autistic team manager, Jason McElwain, now known as J-Mac into Greece Athena High School’s final home game. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. The story about the game touched hearts of people all over the globe. Media appearances have included the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows. In 2006 he met President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki and Senator Hillary Clinton to name a few.
To make the Hollywood ending complete, Greece Athena captured the first Section V title of Coach Johnson’s career a few weeks later. A second sectional crown followed in 2007, and Coach Johnson then coached the Trojans to their third straight league title in 2008 by posting a perfect 12-0 record in league play, netting Coach of the Year honors. His success continued in 2009 with a league co-championship (34-2 league record over a three-season stretch) and third sectional title in four years, with an overall record of 20-5, his first-ever trip to the state quarterfinals and more Coach of the Year accolades. In the reccently concluded 2012-2013 season, his Trojans won the sectional title for the fourth time in eight years.
In 2011, Coach’s book A Coach and a Miracle, Life Lessons from a Man who Believed in an Autistic Boy was published getting rave reviews from people like CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz and author, speaker and autism activist Temple Grandin.
Coach Johnson has rolled his accomplishments and experiences into a keynote titled “Dreams Really Do Come True.” In his presentations, Coach Johnson captivates his audiences with both heart-warming and entertaining stories about that magical season. He also shares his Six Essential Keys for making dreams come true. His essential keys guide his audiences to:
Find your passion
Discover your mission
Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
Be a team player
Coach Johnson illustrates each key with compelling stories and examples from the season and his own personal life. Coach Johnson is a voracious reader who has become an expert in leadership and team building.
He has also developed two workshops: Dreams Really Do Come True is a vision-oriented workshop that helps participants discover how to help team members work from their strengths, value others and achieve breakthrough performance. Dreams in Motion Leadership Development helps participants see their vision more clearly, develop increased confidence in their abilities and reach levels of leadership achievement previously thought impossible.