NBA Basketball Legend
John Amaechi is a retired professional basketball player who currently works as a broadcaster and political activist.
At the age of 17, when he first picked up a basketball, John was considered "too late to the game" and "not athletic enough" to be successful. Six years later he became a starter in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Cleveland Cavaliers – the only un-drafted free agent in the league’s history to start at the beginning of an NBA season.
John was the first and only Briton to have a place in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame or even to have a career in the NBA. He played in Europe for 2 years and, after retiring in 2003, came back to help the English Squad win Bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. John was honoured as one of the NBA’s most improved players in 2000, showing an amazing ability to adapt and learn well into his career.
John is a psychologist, best-selling author and social entrepreneur with extensive expertise in keynote and motivational speaking. He maintains a demanding schedule of projects and charity work, both in the USA and Europe.
In 2011, John was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to sport and to the voluntary sector.
John became a Special Olympics GB Ambassador in 2006.