Basketball Legend | Broadcaster | Humanitarian
Bill Walton has a passion—for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life, and for greatness! Bill brings his out-sized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. He speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds—on the court and off—to persevere and win. As entertaining as he is insightful, Bill is widely considered one of the best speakers from the world of sports.
The lessons Bill learned on the basketball court became life lessons that served him well throughout his sports, broadcasting, and business careers. No lesson was more important than the words from the legendary John Wooden, Bill’s basketball coach at UCLA, who simply said “Do your best.” Wooden never asked players to go out and win—simply to do their best and not beat themselves. Bill never forgot those words which helped him throughout his extraordinary career.
Following a celebrated college basketball career, Bill went on to have a Hall of Fame NBA career. After basketball, he pursued his dream job as a sports broadcaster, but first had to overcome his lifelong stuttering affliction. In 2008, Bill endured risky back surgery for to repair damage done early in his basketball career. Through it all, his determination carried him through.
Bill is active with many organizations and charities. For his efforts, in 2002, he received the NBA Retired Players Association Humanitarian Award. He is also involved in numerous online ventures, and is the author of Nothing But Net, and Back from the Dead, which will be published in 2016.
He is an authentic and true original who personifies greatness, and is one of the most compassionate figures in sport with an extraordinary record of giving back through his work with numerous charities and non-profits.