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I’ve Got Your Back (Anti-Bullying)

Middle School anti-bullying assembly that includes a discussion on cyber-bullying

In this talk, Jim breaks down bullying in two key elements.  One, he encourages students to have the strength and belief in themselves not to “Surrender” their pride, self-worth nor dignity to people that bully them.  Secondly, he tells stories that touch the students’ hearts so they think about how they talk to and treat others.  Our words are a reflection of who we are and we should respect ourselves to treat others with kindness.

He teaches the students the importance of being an Upstander and not a bystander.  He empowers them to have each other’s back and look out for each other.  Middle school can be a challenging time in students’ life and bullying is a serious topic at schools.  Many schools book Jim because he can connect with students in a fun way, but has the ability to address a serious subject with compassion and conviction.  His anti-bullying presentation is powerful, uplifting and life changing.


Thank you for a fabulous assembly on May 4th! Middle schoolers can be a challenging crowd to impress, and yet you did so! Your wit, wisdom & message were well received among students and staff. I’m a huge fan!
– Kari Diaz, Counselor, Almont Middle School

Three Pointers for Life (Character Education)

Must see assembly that challenges students regarding character, choices, and consequences

Jim Basketball Jones’ brings his game to this assembly.  He addresses effort, personal responsibility, choices, respect, kindness and overcoming adversity.  Students are engaged in activity, audience call backs and empowered by inspirational stories.  Jim is so engaging, funny and direct, he will keep your middle school students on their toes for the full hour.  His presentation skills will amaze your staff as they watch how interactive their students are with him.  At the end of the presentation, Jim reveals his personal story of being a Special Ed student and his struggles with dyslexia.  He ties all the personal character traits back into his story of how he went from the special classroom down the hall to graduating number one from college.  This is a powerful assembly about hope, personal commitment, overcoming challenges and just never giving up.


I have taught for 21 years and have seen dozens of motivational speakers. YOU WERE BY FAR THE BEST!!!!!
– Robin Phares, Edgewood Middle School

Bust That Test (State Testing Motivation)

Unique Assembly to Help Students Achieve Their Best on State Achievement Tests

The demand for Jim’s motivational test taking assembly is so high, schools must call early to reserve a slot near their state testing time. In this program, Jim breaks down test taking to being a “Piece of Cake” and schools have noticed the student’s improvement. Your Middle School students will learn listening skills, methods to increase focus and concentration, how to reduce test anxiety and, most importantly, that their best effort is important to the success of their team—their school. Jim truly helps students get excited to come in and BUST THE TEST…Don’t just take the test, Bust that Test!


89% of our 6th graders improved 5 points of more, while 84% of the 7th grade improved 5 points or more. 98% of the 6th grade improved by at least one point, and 100% of the 7th grade improved by at least one point! Thank you for the ‘Piece of Cake’ idea.

Mrs. Kochell,CovingtonMiddle School,Covington,IN


Stay in the Game (Positive Life Choices)

Engaging assembly that tackles the difficult choices middle schoolers face.

This assembly involves students in a handful of team activities that challenge the students to think through the consequences of poor choices.  Learning to distinguish between good choices and bad choices and what factors affect decision making.  “Am I rationalizing my choices or am I think through the consequences?”  At this age some of our choices have serious impact on our lives and we need to be commitment to our goals and dreams and not just following along with what other people decide to do.  I own my future and I am responsible for my actions.


You are our kids’ favorite guest. You have the just the right mixture of message and entertainment and your involvement of the audience if wonderful.
– Beth Phelps, Principal Roosevelt Middle School, Newark, OH

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