From the slums of Kingston, Jamaica to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England; from a barefoot boy's dream of winning a track race to a young man's membership on his country's first Olympic bobsled team, Devon's inspiring tale of personal triumph over adversity and the uplifting story behind Jamaica's first Winter Olympic team will captivate your audience.
So engaging was the story of the misfit band of athletes from the tropical island of Jamaica at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, that it served as the basis for the hit Disney movie, "Cool Runnings." While the movie captured the heart and soul of a team that didn't know the meaning of the word "impossible," the personal story of Devon Harris is a testament of one man's refusal to accept the limitations placed on him by birth or society.
Born on Christmas Day 1964, the greatest gift Devon ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a “never−say−die” philosophy would carry him farther than a sense of injustice and a heart filled with anger. Devon also learned at an early age that one can either spill tears of laughter or tears of rage when faced with life's many obstacles.
When not bringing his captivating message of inspiration and hope to audiences across the globe, Devon serves as an ambassador for Right to Play, an athlete−driven, humanitarian nonprofit organization using sport and play to enhance child development and build community capacity for youth in refugee camps and disadvantaged communities throughout the world.