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Kevin Atlas

Motivational Speaker, Author, NCAA D1 Basketball Player

Fee Range:
$10,000 - $15,000

In his speeches, Kevin uses his own inspirational journey as a jumping off point to examine the challenges faced by others. His triumphs help audiences see their own problems in a new light. He shares his story to help change attitudes and perspectives of youth, corporate, faith-based, and international audiences. Kevin’s engaging manner, easy confidence, and comfort around others make his presentation a sure-fire success for audiences of every background and description.

Speaker Resources

Featured Videos

Kevin Atlas - WWA Agency - Owning Your Nub

Believe in You: Season 1. Episode 1- Kevin Atlas Laue

2019 NMHSCA Kevin Atlas Taking the I Believe In You Cha ...

Bio

At nearly seven feet tall with his left arm discontinued just below his elbow, Kevin faced his fair share of adversity in his early life. Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Kevin grew up in a split custody household, overcame the early death of his father, and faced a legion of critics prior to his success. He became one of the top high school basketball players in his home state, played one postgraduate year at a military school in Virginia, and earned a full athletic scholarship to join the Manhattan College Jaspers in New York City. By doing this, Kevin achieved becoming the first disabled player in NCAA history to receive a full Division I athletic scholarship in his sport.

After a successful college career, Kevin went on to play professionally in Asia and has since become one of the top young professional speakers in the nation. Employing a mixture of humor, audience interaction, and a uniquely strong delivery, he tells the story of a life so extraordinary, it was chronicled in the Oscar-qualifying documentary Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story.

In his speeches, Kevin uses his own inspirational journey as a jumping off point to examine the challenges faced by others every day and his triumphs help audiences see their own problems in a new light. He shares his story to help change attitudes and perspectives of youth, corporate, faith-based, and international audiences. Kevin’s engaging manner, easy confidence and comfort around others make his presentation a sure-fire success for audiences of every background and description.

In addition to his domestic speaking, Kevin has inspired audiences in Africa and Europe as well as leading month-long speaking tours in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He has served as a spokesperson for Boys and Girls Clubs, was a board member at Special Olympics, and has spoken at notable venues such as the United Nations, Google, and Facebook. Kevin is now the host of Believe in You, a motivational video series sponsored by Varsity Brands that is being shown to middle schools and high schools across the country.

Speech Topics

When his left arm was severed in-utero, Kevin Laue was left with a “nub” that barely extended below his elbow. Despite his prodigious height, red hair and extraordinary athleticism, the “nub” was the thing that defined him and held him back.


With the help of a dedicated AAU basketball coach, Kevin eventually learned to see his “nub” as a strength rather than a handicap and channeled that strength on to the basketball court where he became the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.


Today, Kevin challenges his audience to “find their nub” and turn their own weakness in to a strength by understanding it better.


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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • "Kevin is a true inspiration who speaks directly from the heart. He is a caring and compassionate person who has an important message that everyone should hear, young and old alike. After hearing Kevin’s message you will feel empowered to make positive changes in your life." –Chad Serfass, M.Ed., Desales University

  • “Kevin touches every athlete, everyone business person, every parent, everyone…. He is a person has overcome more than ten people combined and has come out on top. Look forward to the impact he will have on people worldwide.” –Tom Sclafani, President of Coaches Choice

  • “Kevin’s story is remarkable! A real inspiration for all walks of life. Every person Kevin encounters he leaves a lasting impression! I believe he will go on to do some amazing things.” –Fred Doulton, Social Affairs of the United Nations

  • “Kevin delivered an inspirational message about hope, potential, and the power of compassionate teachers to our faculty. He is a special individual with a natural talent for connecting his personal story to the challenges we all face in life.” –Ken Mitchell, Ed.D., Superindentan of Schools for SOCSD

  • “Kevin has one of the most incredible stories I have ever heard. The kids love Kevin, he is a great speaker and even a better person. I look forward to having Kevin speak again!” –William J. Lamia, CEO of YMCA

  • “What an amazing person and an amazing story that is absolutely relevant for everything we do here day-in, day-out. Everyone really appreciated it and I was blown away by it all. What a great sense of humor and example for all of us to emulate. I haven’t stopped thinking about Kevin – and how many lives he’s influenced through his story. He was humble, articulate, determined.” –Jerry Canning, Google Industry Director of Sales