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Dallas, TX - Coach Avery Johnson, former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks will deliver dynamic messages to students at two school assemblies in Richardson ISD on Wednesday, February 27.

Coach Johnson's mission is to inspire and motivate middle school and high school students to avoid the pitfalls of poor choices, overcome life's obstacles, respect teachers and others, and stay in school. The themes of his messages vary according to school, some of the topics are:

  • It's Time to PRACTICE!
  • It's Time to Go to Higher Ground
  • Somebody's Watching
  • If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes


Coach Johnson has been a speaker with the Dallas non-profit, Just Say YES - Youth Equipped to Succeed (JSY) for over three years. Founder and President of JSY, Dan Bailey, and Coach Johnson became friends while he was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. Avery asked Dan if Just Say YES could schedule him to speak to youth in schools across the country. Dan's response was an immediate "YES". School administrators are thrilled to have the "2006 NBA Coach of the Year" visit and speak to their students at no cost to the school. Coach Johnson's programs are donor funded.

The Coach believes so strongly in the positive impact of the Just Say YES message, that he is making a donation to help fund Just Say YES' follow-up programs in the school districts where he will be speaking.            
Coach Johnson will present to students at the following locations and times:



Wednesday, February 27


10:30 am Richardson High School - 1250 Beltline Rd., Richardson, TX 75080 (student athletes)

1:30  pm Lake Highlands Freshman Center- 10200 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238 (student body)



Thursday, February 28


9:45 am Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center - 2940 Singleton Blvd., Dallas TX 75212

10:45. a.m. L.G. Pinkston High School - 2200 Dennison St., Dallas TX 75212


Prior notice to film or interview Coach Johnson at the schools must be cleared through Just Say YES, Celia Weitzel at 972.437.0002 x227 cweitzel@justsayyes.org.

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Just Say YES-Youth Equipped to Succeed is a non-profit educational organization that has been helping youth say YES to their dreams and goals and NO to risk behaviors - drugs, alcohol, sexual activity and bullying - since 2002. Currently providing programs, speakers and curriculum in 38 states, Just Say YES is a trusted resource for educators, administrators, counselors, youth leaders and parents.

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