CMA students hear motivational message from former NBA player sponsored by Comcast

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Former NBA player Tim McCormick (from left) with CMA principal Donya Odom and Comcast Cable executives Gerald Smith and Kyle Mazurek

Former University of Michigan and retired NBA player Tim McCormick was a guest speaker Wednesday at Communication and Media Arts High School, where 200 students listened attentively to his motivational message about the keys to succeeding in school and in life.

McCormick was speaking on behalf of Comcast, one of the loyal sponsors of the Detroit Public School League. Comcast is promoting an affordable internet service plan for $9.95 a month that it hopes will attract more DPS households. To apply or for more information, visit: or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).

Outlining three core principles that guided him and kept him focused through eight knee surgeries, seven trades and eight different teams during a 10-year NBA career, the 7-foot McCormick told the gymnasium assembly crowd that there is no short-cut to being a winner and also no obstacle too huge to overcome.

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McCormick speaks to CMA student assembly in the school gymnasium

Spicing his comments with student interaction, free giveaways and self-deprecating humor, McCormick said hard work, bounce-back ability and becoming CEO of your life are the essential ingredients.

On the subject of hard work, he stressed that students can’t afford to take days off and should set goals and have a game plan to reach those goals.

He said bounce-back ability is about rising above all the little stuff that could sidetrack you from where you want to go.

Every student should become their own CEO, said McCormick, explaining that those three letters represent the qualities — character, enthusiasm and optimism — it takes to be an effective leader.

McCormick now works as a broadcast analyst for ESPN and is author of the book NBA: Never Be Average: The Pro Approach to Success.

He said he loves his job and emphasized to the CMA students to find a profession that they love.

 “When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” he said.

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