From the 1950’s-1970’s, athletes were superheroes to youth. They were talented [Mickey Mantle], courageous [Hank Aaron], and entertaining [Mohammed Ali]. By the 2000’s athletes (Tonya Harding, Jose Canseco, SMU players, etc.) were making headlines for negative reasons, and today, murder indictments, suicides and spousal abuse among professional athletes are no longer surprising. So, it is refreshing to see two retired Phoenix Suns players and positive role models—Eddie Johnson and Joe Courtney—will be featured at the Arizona Sports Fan Expo at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 28-29, 2014.
Linking Sports & Communities LLC is a 501(C)(3), which encourages student athletes to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyle, and be financially responsible. LSC showcases athletes, who have been successful during and after their sports careers. LSC invited several such athletes to appear at this first annual Expo, which is expected to attract 7000 attendees.
Eddie Johnson has continued to gain fans since his retirement from the NBA in 1999. Johnson had a stellar 17-year career in the NBA. He played for the Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. In 1989, Eddie won the NBA 6th Man of the Year award, and he reached the conference finals in 1989, 1990, 1993, and 1997.
On Sunday, June 29, from 1-2 PM, Johnson will speak on the Celebrity Stage and autograph copies of his book: You Big Dummy: An Athlete’s Simple Guide to a Successful Career. His book is designed to create a blueprint for potential athletes to have success now and into retirement, on and off the playing surface.
Joe Courtney played with Charles Barkley and the Suns 1993-4. He will be on the panel: Plan B: Life Beyond Sports on Saturday, June 28 3-4 PM. Then he will be signing copies of his book, which will be released on Amazon.com June 21: Life Above and Beyond the Rim. In it, he describes ten principles to help readers break through barriers, elevate success, and transform their lives. Courtney will have a drawing for those who buy and review the book June 21-27.
Both motivational speakers, Johnson is now a broadcaster and Courtney is a success coach. During their careers they have achieved tremendous success and their legacies have impacted their neighborhoods, schools and sports. Readers should bring their children out to meet these athletes, who are doing the right things.