My name is James Trower, and I was born in Brooklyn N.Y. I am ex military, and a former Junior College Basketball Coach. I had the great honor of coaching along side one of the NJCAA Basketball Greats, Hall of Fame Coach Francis Flax. Together we made three consecutive NJCAA DII National Tournament appearances in the late 90's were we finished 4th two years in a row, then in 1999 we won Brown Mackie's first ever NJCAA Division II National Title.
During that run we coached and mentored some amazing young men who all earned their associates degrees with us then went on to play at various universities around the country. Most notable Darren Kelly, University of Texas 1999-2001 and Flint Michigan's phoneme Eddie Robinson, Central Oklahoma and formerly of the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. I've also been blessed to have been mentored by one of The 50 Most Inspirational Figures in NBA History, former NBA player and Harlem Globetrotter Melvin 'MC' Adams.
While growing up in Brooklyn, I spent my early childhood in the New York City foster care system where I was subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and had entertained ending my life on many occasions. At age 10 I fell in love with basketball and used it as a mask to hide the pain, and as an escape from all the abuse.
It wasn't until High School where I met a teacher, who saved my life. I became a teacher because of him and taught public high school for 16 years where I inspired thousands of young men and women to dare to dream big, and to dare to be great, just as a teacher did for me.
My purpose and passion for reaching America's young people, has provided me with ample opportunities to speak and share my message of Allowing Your Greatness To Shine, with Middle and High School Assemblies, Basketball Camps, and Corporate Team Building Events. Today, I'm privileged to travel the country living my purpose and keeping a promise to the New York City Public Teacher who saved my life.
I am Destined For Greatness
Is a presentation that speaks to your heart, and inspires you to believe that no matter the negative conditions or circumstances in your life you have the power within you to change it. This presentation will take you through a range of emotions, and have you on the edge of our seat from start to finish. It's inspiring, passionate, and emotional all wrapped up in one amazing package which can be delivered to an audience of all ages.
Dare to be great
Is a presentation that uses the acronym DARE to share a powerful message designed for corporate events and schools assemblies on the importance of daring to be great and not settling for mediocrity
Decide To Be Great
Aspire To Be Great
Recognize Your Great
Expect To Be Great
Connecting To Purpose
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs. Living without a purpose, is not living at all. This presentation is designed to help you connect with your purpose. We all have a purpose in life, connecting with that purpose is what life's journey is all about.
James, thank you for speaking at our Arizona and Colorado facilitates. I must say your presentation "I am Destined For Greatness" caught us all by surprise. No one was expecting to experience such a range of emotions that day. Your message was spot on and the timing of it could not have been a coincidence. You touched many peoples lives at those two events. So much so that they are still talking about you and your powerful message. Thank you again and we are looking forward to booking you again and this time including our Dallas facility.
Human Resource Manager
Santander Consumer USA
James is a man with a heart to inspire and empower the world with his message, "I AM DESTINED FOR GREATNESS". James will change the mindset of everyone in the room, the audience or at the gas station. Every person will leave knowing they matter, there loved and more importantly their GREAT!. Book him TODAY, You'll never be the same.
Adams Entertainment Agency
Former NBA Player & Harlem Globetrotter.
James Trower is a great speaker that taps into one’s emotions to help them understand and feel the message. He is a huge hit at our basketball camps where he speaks to our athletes of all ages, genders and backgrounds.
His energy that he brings to situations is infectious and drives the group to higher levels than they believe they could achieve. His presentation style is superb and his message is spot on as to what our athletes need to hear and learn. One word captures what he brings -amazing!
Everyone can relate and be inspired by his powerful message of "I am Destined For Greatness". James is both engaging and humorous and his passion for inspiring young people to be great can not only be heard, but also felt. We are excited and looking forward to having him back in the future. Do yourself a favor and invite James to speak to your group.
Founder and President
Alodia Sports Academy
James, your “I am destined for greatness” presentation was inspiring, passionate, and emotional all wrapped up in one amazing package.
Thank you for preparing such an engaging and relate-able message, for the young men and women who make up our Class of 2020.
You’re very comfortable in front of an audience and your talents as a motivational speaker really shined!
From the moment you hit the stage you grabbed everyone's attention, and never let it go.
Based on the reaction of our students and teachers, it was clear that your message resonated with them.
Thank you again and we are looking forward to having you back to speak too all of our classes.
Northbrook High School
recently hired James Trower to speak at several schools in a large school district. James came highly recommended from another motivational speaker I have used for several years. James did an amazing job! So much so, I have already hired him for 2 more speaking engagements. James spoke to every level from Elementary, Middle and High Schools. He held the attention of every student and delivered a powerful message of hope. That week was incredible and the School Administrators could not say enough positive comments. James Trower exceeded the recommendation I received. I highly recommend James for your event, he will make it great.
Paul J. Piper
Salazar Insurance Group
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