Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling headlined a group of speakers at a youth conference in Henderson, Tennessee on Saturday, September 27. The conference’s focus was on ‘mental wellness’, and Dooling shared his story of overcoming past sexual abuse with the purpose of showing the kids that they can overcome anything, and that with all traumatic experiences there is a healing process that has to take place.
Dooling played 13 professional seasons before beginning his current career as an author, motivational speaker, life coach and mentor. As one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit, Dooling uses his own experiences to instill courage in others. When speaking to the kids on Saturday, he wanted to accomplish several goals.
“One, I want them to think,” he said. “Two, I want them to know who they are, shot hey are in God’s eyes, and then three, I want to let them know to dream big. I think the fourth thing I would like to do is let them know that even if they fall down and fail, even if they have a breakdown like I did and had to spend some time in a mental institution or have been molested, I want to let them know that here is healing. There is a recipe for success, and it’s to how you start, it’s how you finish.”
Dooling lives out his recipe each and every day. Though most could not see that he was off to a slow start, we all know how he has finished, and we all know that he’ll continue to bring others along with him to the finish line.
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