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Devon Harris

Member of First Jamaican Bobsled Team; Featured in Hit Disney Movie, "Cool Runnings"

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Devon Harris Biography

Born on Christmas Day, 1964, the world should never have heard of Devon Harris. He was raised in one of the most violent slums of Kingston, Jamaica yet he graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and served as an officer in the Jamaica Defence Force. He started off as a barefoot boy trying to win a track race and became a member of his country’s first Olympic bobsled team. Circumstances and others constantly told him it was impossible but at every step of the way he, kept on pushing and found a way to make it possible.

At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one's best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.

Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

The Keep On Pushing Foundation which he founded in 2006 aims to support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated. Devon’s work has made a significant difference in the lives of the students attending his old elementary school as well as other schools in the communities surrounding his old neighborhood.

As an ex-serviceman, Devon understands the commitment, sense of duty and sacrifices made by those who volunteer to serve. As a private citizen he is cognizant of the fact that the freedoms he enjoys are paid for by the courage and sacrifice of these men and women. As a result he has also devoted time to visit the troops serving in the Persian Gulf and around the United States.

Devon also works with Right to Play as an athlete ambassador, supporting Right to Play’s efforts in using sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.

He is the author of the motivational children’s book, Yes, I Can! and the semi-auto-biographical motivational book Keep On Pushing: Hot Lesson From Cool Runnings.

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Yes, I Can!: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team

Yes, I Can!: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team

Speaking Topics
  • School Runnings: Success Through Diversity

    From the violent neighborhood of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica to competing as a member of the only all• black team in the Winter Olympic Games, to the prestige of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, to being an immigrant and now a citizen in the United States • Devon's life experiences provide him with a unique view of how an individual as well as an organization can succeed by embracing diversity.

    Success Through Diversity allows the audience to see that everyone's unique perspectives and talents and their particular way of doing things give them something significant to contribute not only to their particular organization but to the entire community.

  • School Runnings: Yes, I Can!

    Based on the story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team and Devon's popular children's book of the same name, administrators and teachers and staffers are encouraged to see beyond the challenges of their current situations to the possibilities that lie within each of them. In this program Devon skillfully draws analogies between his personal experiences and the challenges the audience is facing. His poignant stories of triumph over adversity illustrate Devon's belief that each person has the right to say "Yes, I Can!" to their dreams; to believe in themselves; to plan and work towards these dreams; to persist • despite any and all obstacles. By the time Devon is finished speaking each audience member will know that they have the obligation, the right and the ability to live the best life they can.

    This program is not only awe-inspiring and highly motivational; it leaves audience members with practical tools they can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.

  • School Runnings: The Power of Teamwork in Schools

    As the Captain of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and a captain in the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, inspire and direct a winning team under the most high-pressured circumstances. As a parent and a volunteer in support of children causes around the world, Devon is acutely aware of the level of cooperation and teamwork that is necessary not just to groom successful students but to develop productive members of society.

    In his customized keynote presentation, The Power of Teamwork in Schools, Devon draws on his wealth of experience to creatively challenge administrators and teachers to be at their best by having a clear vision, embracing diversity, and working as a cohesive unit. Devon uses his book, Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings to bring specific ideas to the entire school community of administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents. He teaches how effective teamwork between administrators and teachers positively affect the student body and inspires them to do their best. Punctuated by humor, Devon's keynote will give audience members the practical tools they need to develop a first-rate classroom and school.

    *This program is also available as a half-day Workshop

  • Keynotes

    Devon's keynote presentations focus on the importance of having a dream, persistence in overcoming adversity, embracing change and not allowing others to define the limits of your success. He delivers programs that are comprehensively customized, inspirational and vividly descriptive; drawing strong analogies to his experiences growing up in a violent ghetto environment and achieving the status of a three-time Olympic athlete and member of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

    Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level. Devon’s fascinating personal story combined with his captivating speaking ability move audiences to be more introspective. They leave more focused on their own goals and dreams; clinging to a renewed sense that they can attain higher levels of personal achievement.

  • Get in, Sit Down

    This half day seminar is suitable for all levels. Through open discussions and team building exercises, participants will be entertained, educated and motivated. They will emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and thorough understanding of the techniques which they can draw upon in their work environment. They will be equipped with the essential tools necessary for them to truly function as an Olympic caliber team.

  • Keep On Pushing: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence

    Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to 'keep on pushing', how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon's presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. With humor and compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon inspires the audience to 'keep on pushing' • his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Devon Harris for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Devon Harris, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Devon Harris or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Devon Harris?

    Booking fees for Devon Harris, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Devon Harris, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Devon Harris?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Devon Harris for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Devon Harris for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Devon Harris or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Devon Harris or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Member of First Jamaican Bobsled Team; Featured in Hit Disney Movie, "Cool Runnings"

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Devon Harris Biography

Born on Christmas Day, 1964, the world should never have heard of Devon Harris. He was raised in one of the most violent slums of Kingston, Jamaica yet he graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and served as an officer in the Jamaica Defence Force. He started off as a barefoot boy trying to win a track race and became a member of his country’s first Olympic bobsled team. Circumstances and others constantly told him it was impossible but at every step of the way he, kept on pushing and found a way to make it possible.

At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one's best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.

Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

The Keep On Pushing Foundation which he founded in 2006 aims to support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated. Devon’s work has made a significant difference in the lives of the students attending his old elementary school as well as other schools in the communities surrounding his old neighborhood.

As an ex-serviceman, Devon understands the commitment, sense of duty and sacrifices made by those who volunteer to serve. As a private citizen he is cognizant of the fact that the freedoms he enjoys are paid for by the courage and sacrifice of these men and women. As a result he has also devoted time to visit the troops serving in the Persian Gulf and around the United States.

Devon also works with Right to Play as an athlete ambassador, supporting Right to Play’s efforts in using sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.

He is the author of the motivational children’s book, Yes, I Can! and the semi-auto-biographical motivational book Keep On Pushing: Hot Lesson From Cool Runnings.

Devon Harris Videos

  • Keep On Pushing | Devon Harris | TEDxWilmington - YouTube
    May 10, 2021 ... Olympic athlete Devon Harris discusses his view on life, which is derived from his time as a Jamaican bobsledder. Devon Harris OLY...
  • Devon Harris | Motivational Speaker | Showreel
    A motivational speaker and member of the original Cool Runnings - the Jamaican Bobsled Team - Devon Harris achieved his grand dream as ...
  • Devon Harris | About Devon & Keynote Clips
    Devon Harris | About Devon & Keynote Clips - Collaborative Agency Group Inspiration for the movie “Cool Runnings”, Member of first Jamaican ...

Devon Harris Books

Devon Harris Speaking Topics

  • School Runnings: Success Through Diversity

    From the violent neighborhood of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica to competing as a member of the only all• black team in the Winter Olympic Games, to the prestige of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, to being an immigrant and now a citizen in the United States • Devon's life experiences provide him with a unique view of how an individual as well as an organization can succeed by embracing diversity.

    Success Through Diversity allows the audience to see that everyone's unique perspectives and talents and their particular way of doing things give them something significant to contribute not only to their particular organization but to the entire community.

  • School Runnings: Yes, I Can!

    Based on the story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team and Devon's popular children's book of the same name, administrators and teachers and staffers are encouraged to see beyond the challenges of their current situations to the possibilities that lie within each of them. In this program Devon skillfully draws analogies between his personal experiences and the challenges the audience is facing. His poignant stories of triumph over adversity illustrate Devon's belief that each person has the right to say "Yes, I Can!" to their dreams; to believe in themselves; to plan and work towards these dreams; to persist • despite any and all obstacles. By the time Devon is finished speaking each audience member will know that they have the obligation, the right and the ability to live the best life they can.

    This program is not only awe-inspiring and highly motivational; it leaves audience members with practical tools they can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.

  • School Runnings: The Power of Teamwork in Schools

    As the Captain of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and a captain in the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, inspire and direct a winning team under the most high-pressured circumstances. As a parent and a volunteer in support of children causes around the world, Devon is acutely aware of the level of cooperation and teamwork that is necessary not just to groom successful students but to develop productive members of society.

    In his customized keynote presentation, The Power of Teamwork in Schools, Devon draws on his wealth of experience to creatively challenge administrators and teachers to be at their best by having a clear vision, embracing diversity, and working as a cohesive unit. Devon uses his book, Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings to bring specific ideas to the entire school community of administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents. He teaches how effective teamwork between administrators and teachers positively affect the student body and inspires them to do their best. Punctuated by humor, Devon's keynote will give audience members the practical tools they need to develop a first-rate classroom and school.

    *This program is also available as a half-day Workshop

  • Keynotes

    Devon's keynote presentations focus on the importance of having a dream, persistence in overcoming adversity, embracing change and not allowing others to define the limits of your success. He delivers programs that are comprehensively customized, inspirational and vividly descriptive; drawing strong analogies to his experiences growing up in a violent ghetto environment and achieving the status of a three-time Olympic athlete and member of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

    Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level. Devon’s fascinating personal story combined with his captivating speaking ability move audiences to be more introspective. They leave more focused on their own goals and dreams; clinging to a renewed sense that they can attain higher levels of personal achievement.

  • Get in, Sit Down

    This half day seminar is suitable for all levels. Through open discussions and team building exercises, participants will be entertained, educated and motivated. They will emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and thorough understanding of the techniques which they can draw upon in their work environment. They will be equipped with the essential tools necessary for them to truly function as an Olympic caliber team.

  • Keep On Pushing: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence

    Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to 'keep on pushing', how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon's presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. With humor and compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon inspires the audience to 'keep on pushing' • his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run.

FAQs on booking Devon Harris

  • How to book Devon Harris?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Devon Harris for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Devon Harris, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Devon Harris or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Devon Harris?

    Booking fees for Devon Harris, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Devon Harris, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Devon Harris?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Devon Harris for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Devon Harris for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Devon Harris or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Devon Harris or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Devon Harris is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as School Runnings: Success Through Diversity , School Runnings: Yes, I Can! , School Runnings: The Power of Teamwork in Schools , Keynotes, Get in, Sit Down and Keep On Pushing: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence. The estimated speaking fee range to book Devon Harris for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Devon Harris generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Coach Ken Carter, Jim Morris, Stedman Graham, Vince Papale and Rudy Ruettiger. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Devon Harris for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Devon Harris Speaker Videos

  • Keep On Pushing | Devon Harris | TEDxWilmington - YouTube
    May 10, 2021 ... Olympic athlete Devon Harris discusses his view on life, which is derived from his time as a Jamaican bobsledder. Devon Harris OLY is a ...
    Devon Harris | Motivational Speaker | Showreel
    A motivational speaker and member of the original Cool Runnings - the Jamaican Bobsled Team - Devon Harris achieved his grand dream as ...
  • Devon Harris | About Devon & Keynote Clips
    Devon Harris | About Devon & Keynote Clips - Collaborative Agency Group Inspiration for the movie “Cool Runnings”, Member of first Jamaican ...

Devon Harris Speaking Topics

  • School Runnings: Success Through Diversity

    From the violent neighborhood of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica to competing as a member of the only all• black team in the Winter Olympic Games, to the prestige of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, to being an immigrant and now a citizen in the United States • Devon's life experiences provide him with a unique view of how an individual as well as an organization can succeed by embracing diversity.

    Success Through Diversity allows the audience to see that everyone's unique perspectives and talents and their particular way of doing things give them something significant to contribute not only to their particular organization but to the entire community.

  • School Runnings: Yes, I Can!

    Based on the story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team and Devon's popular children's book of the same name, administrators and teachers and staffers are encouraged to see beyond the challenges of their current situations to the possibilities that lie within each of them. In this program Devon skillfully draws analogies between his personal experiences and the challenges the audience is facing. His poignant stories of triumph over adversity illustrate Devon's belief that each person has the right to say "Yes, I Can!" to their dreams; to believe in themselves; to plan and work towards these dreams; to persist • despite any and all obstacles. By the time Devon is finished speaking each audience member will know that they have the obligation, the right and the ability to live the best life they can.

    This program is not only awe-inspiring and highly motivational; it leaves audience members with practical tools they can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.

  • School Runnings: The Power of Teamwork in Schools

    As the Captain of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and a captain in the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, inspire and direct a winning team under the most high-pressured circumstances. As a parent and a volunteer in support of children causes around the world, Devon is acutely aware of the level of cooperation and teamwork that is necessary not just to groom successful students but to develop productive members of society.

    In his customized keynote presentation, The Power of Teamwork in Schools, Devon draws on his wealth of experience to creatively challenge administrators and teachers to be at their best by having a clear vision, embracing diversity, and working as a cohesive unit. Devon uses his book, Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings to bring specific ideas to the entire school community of administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents. He teaches how effective teamwork between administrators and teachers positively affect the student body and inspires them to do their best. Punctuated by humor, Devon's keynote will give audience members the practical tools they need to develop a first-rate classroom and school.

    *This program is also available as a half-day Workshop

  • Keynotes

    Devon's keynote presentations focus on the importance of having a dream, persistence in overcoming adversity, embracing change and not allowing others to define the limits of your success. He delivers programs that are comprehensively customized, inspirational and vividly descriptive; drawing strong analogies to his experiences growing up in a violent ghetto environment and achieving the status of a three-time Olympic athlete and member of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

    Devon offers a masterful blend of entertainment and meaningful content that is fun, effective and highly motivational. Audiences love Devon because he truly speaks from the heart and has an uncanny ability to connect on a deep level. Devon’s fascinating personal story combined with his captivating speaking ability move audiences to be more introspective. They leave more focused on their own goals and dreams; clinging to a renewed sense that they can attain higher levels of personal achievement.

  • Get in, Sit Down

    This half day seminar is suitable for all levels. Through open discussions and team building exercises, participants will be entertained, educated and motivated. They will emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and thorough understanding of the techniques which they can draw upon in their work environment. They will be equipped with the essential tools necessary for them to truly function as an Olympic caliber team.

  • Keep On Pushing: An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence

    Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to 'keep on pushing', how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon's presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates his presentation with his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. With humor and compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon inspires the audience to 'keep on pushing' • his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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