Kevin Carroll Inspires Upper School Students with “Red Rubber Ball” Presentation


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To outsiders, a red rubber ball may be just what it appears: a bouncy toy used by the young playground set. To Cannon’s Upper School students, it represents much more. This week, they were treated to a surprise visit by Kevin Carroll, author of their summer reading book, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball? Kevin spoke about finding his passion, which is represented by a red rubber ball.

The accomplished author and speaker’s visit was arranged by Upper School Dean and teacher Sue Ramsey, who was especially inspired by the book and suggested it be the Upper School summer read. She reached out to Kevin via e-mail earlier this fall, in hopes of possibly setting up a Skype time with students. To her surprise, Carroll offered to come to Cannon and speak—without his usual appearance charge.

The day started with a presentation in the Cannon Performing Arts Center, in which Kevin recalled his difficult childhood and how that led to to his accomplished career, which includes the publication of three successful books, as well as work as a translator in the Air Force, an NBA athletic trainer, and a lengthy career with Nike. He also met with a smaller group of Upper School students for a question and answer session, pictured above.

Kevin encouraged students to find their own “red rubber ball;” the dream that would maximize their human potential and encourage their passion and individual growth.