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Jim Morris        

Known for His Brief MLB Career & Subject of Disney's "The Rookie"

Jim Morris was a high school science teacher and coach in west Texas who miraculously made it the Major Leagues at the age of 35. His life story made cinematic history with the heartwarming and unforgettable Disney movie, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.

Morris pitched two seasons for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays reaching speeds up to 102mph and chose to retire to raise his children. Since 2000, Morris has been a highly sought-after motivational speaker traveling the world inspiring audiences to follow their dreams and never give up. In his latest book, “Dream Makers: Surround Yourself with the Best to Be Your Best,” Morris shares more of his incredible life story including the people who helped make him the success he is today: his Dream Makers.

Morris has been honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, a CAMIE award for Character and Morality in Entertainment for The Rookie, has been involved with BCFS, Arms of Hope, Texas Youth Commission and other philanthropic efforts. He launched his own Foundation in 2015 giving back to underserved communities and children. Morris and his wife, Shawna, have raised five children and live near San Antonio, TX.

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We all have dream makers and dream killers in our lives. Learn how to differentiate between the two and how to surround yourself with the best people possible to make you the best you can be! Jim takes you through his life story sharing how dream makers and dream killers shaped him into the man he is today.

A popular presentation that will keep your audience captivated as they move from laughter to tears and back again. Inspiration and motivation at its best!


"Remember who you are" teaches audiences about the importance of integrity in all areas of life. Jim tells personal stories about keeping promises, walking the talk, and what you do when no one is watching you at all...makes you who you are.

A powerful reminder Jim heard daily from his mentor and grandfather, "remember who you are," helped shape who Jim Morris is today.


In "finding a mentor and becoming a leader," Jim focuses on being the mentor for others that you would want for yourself. While being that dream maker for another and by surrounding yourself with the best people to bring out the best in you, you give yourself and others the best chance for success. Jim tells his own story of defeat while believing the wrong kind of people and shares about his successes while surrounded by key people who helped him believe in himself and pushed him to be the man he is today.

Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader's speaking point, will bring your audience along for an entertaining ride of self-reflection and inspiration to be your best and help others along the way.


SMRP 2016 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers and Schedule ...
Jim "The Rookie" Morris will give the opening keynote presentation, "Never Give Up on a Dream" to an expected attendee audience of over 1,000 practitioners.

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