"How to Make It to the NBA"
Years ago, Dontell faced many challenges such as having an absentee father and the belief in himself. He was able to use his past as fuel to now a powerful speaker that motivates and transforms the minds of students to reach their ultimate goals in life. Dontell is a Former NBA player and Best-Selling author who wants individuals to understand that “Circumstances don’t determine your future… YOU do.”
With only one Division 1 offer out of high school, he chose to attend a junior college with dreams of playing college basketball at a major university.
Living by his motto “Believe in Yourself” he would later attend the University of Arkansas, graduate with his bachelor’s degree, and grind his way to the NBA signing with the Charlotte Bobcats. Today, Dontell owns several successful businesses, and has authored 1 book and counting!Book Dontell
Based on his #1 Amazon best-selling book, Dontell pulls from past experiences of only having one Division 1 basketball scholarship offer that he turned down, to ultimately reaching his goal of the NBA.
We all face negativity and adversity along our life journey. This talk will help your audience develop a Championship mindset, visualize goals and learn how to accept and attack fear within their lives. Attendees will walk away feeling confident that no matter what life situations arise, they can still shoot their shot and reach their “NBA” in life.
Dontell helps student athletes understand the everyday demands of being a student athlete by giving them secrets to time management skills and having a positive image on and off campus. Having played Junior College and Division 1 basketball, Dontell shares personal experiences on how these secrets helped him become a better student athlete when the odds where stacked against him. When school, sport and social life are prioritized in such a manner, it breeds for a much easier Success from the classroom to sports and ultimately to life.
Raised by a single mother, Dontell provides key steps on how to overcome the emotional effect of an absentee father. Attendees will learn the power of forgiveness and how that power can be used to fuel their success later in life. Dontell pulls from emotional stories throughout his life to show, you too can be successful despite the unfortunate situation of an absentee dad.
"Dontell's message was both personal and thought provoking, not just to the children present, but to the adults as well. The experiences he discussed carried universal messages that those present were able to take in and apply to their own circumstances. As someone who works with a wide range of youth on a daily basis, it is rare for me to see them so excited about a guest speaker who has come to visit them. Weeks after Dontell's visit the students are still talking about him. This excitement alone offers a better recommendation than a letter ever could"
"“Dontell Jefferson shares with audiences his personal journey to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA. The author highlights both triumphs and failures along the journey. In very much the same way the student athlete and team captain inspired his teammates and peers, he offers a compelling narrative of how grit, self-awareness, and a positive attitude will help you achieve your goals.”"
"It was a pleasure having Dontell Jefferson as a speaker during our Back-To-School event. He motivated those in attendance with his message of “What is Your NBA”, encouraging kids to begin practicing the steps necessary to achieve their goals. He made a point of tailoring his approach to our younger audience in order for them to be able to easily grasp the importance of his message. Attendees were excited to be able to interact with Dontell as he shared his experiences in the NBA and beyond."
"Dontell Jefferson’s speech at our Select 40 Showcase event was two things. Ground breaking and Inspiring. The message offered from his book “How to make it to the NBA” provides hope to the upcoming generation of athletes who’s dream are to advance to the professional level. Youth athletes along with family and friends left with a sense of aspirations, ambition and drive to make their own legacy like Dontell has with his basketball career and now award winning book. As my client and great friend I would like to wish you well on your new basketball journey! #EYASportsPro"
"I took a group of kids to hear Dontell speak and how he delivered his message was incredible. Dontell was speaking life into these kids letting them know that you can make if you work hard at what you do. The kids still talk about how Dontell spoke and how he keep them engaged. I know the time management segment really hit home with me and I will get better with that as my life goes on. Thank you Dontell!"
"I had a great chance of bring Dontell in to speak with the kids. They enjoyed it and he had them engaged. He brought up all his experiences from being a young guy all the way to his professional career and reassuring the kids on how hard work and staying motivated to achieve their goals. I appreciate Dontell for speaking to the kids - they really enjoyed it."