Kirkus Reviews, the gold standard for reviews of independently published books, has given the “thumbs up” to Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias…Don Markus integrates quotes from Dave and he writes about Len’s legacy in contemporary basketball, in the October 2, 2014, Baltimore Sun, tied into Len’s Terps Hall of Fame induction on October 3…Len Bias finally gets his due at Maryland, he will be inducted into the Terps athletics Hall of Fame in October, it was announced July 16…Here’s info about an event at the Junior Tennis Center in College Park benefitting Kids Play USA Foundation, partner with the Born Ready Project…Here’s a Father’s Day themed piece I’ve written for USA Today about John Ellis and the impact he’s had on his daughter, Jill, the new women’s U.S. National Team head coach…John has been a great influence on my life,  and I’m sure hundreds can say the same….My latest blog explains the connection to a challenge coin given to me by Maryland AD Kevin Anderson and securing the proper legacy for Len Bias at Maryland. ..


My second magazine story  about E.B. Henderson’s recent induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame appears in Northern Virginia Magazine on Feb. 28. This story focuses on the determined efforts of E.B.’s grandson and namesake Edwin Henderson and his wife Nikki, of Falls Church, VA, o earn his induction. The Washington Post Magazine piece last September focused on E.B.’s accomplishments as an educator and civil rights pioneer…

Here’s a brief report about my two Born Ready Project speeches Feb. 24 at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. (a pix appears below).


Here’s my story about new Naismith Hall of Fame inductee E.B. Henderson in the Washington Post Magazine, published September 8.


dave speaksDave is a professional speaker who focuses on the Born Ready Project, which teaches lessons on decision making and resilience to students in middle school, high school and college based on his book, Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias. Dave also talks about his experiences as a varsity athlete at the University of Maryland (soccer and track and field) to support the themes of the speech. To book Dave as a speaker, contact Dave here.

Born Ready Project Speeches


  • January 10- MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, Suitland Community Center, Forestville, MD, 7 p.m.
  • January 24- MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, Bladensburg Community Center, MD, 8 p.m.
  • February 21 - MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, Oakcrest Community Park Center, Capitol Heights, MD, 8 p.m.
  • February 24Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Mass.
  • February 28 - MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, College Park Community Center, College Park, MD, 8 p.m.
  • March 7 - MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, Peppermill Village Community Center, Landover, MD,  8 p.m.
  • TBD- MNCPPC Xtreme Teens, Columbia Park Recreation Center, Columbia Park, MD, 8 p.m.
  • May 31Sports Education Expo, Philadelphia, PA, noon.
  • Dec. 2 - T.C. Williams High School fall sports banquet, Alexandria, VA, 6:30 p.m.


  • Feb. 12- Fallsgrove Book Club, Rockville, MD, 7 p.m.

Born Ready Project Signings


  • January 18 – MLK Tournament of Champions, Reckford Armory, College Park MD, 8 a.m.
  • April 26 – Capital Classic All Star Basketball game, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, VA 4-9 p.m.
  • May 31Sports Education Expo, Philadelphia, PA, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 22 – AGame Super Shootout, New 24, District Heights, MD. 2-7 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 - T.C. Williams High School fall sports banquet, Alexandria, VA, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 – Looney’s Pub, College Park, MD, prior to the Maryland-UVA men’s basketball game, 5 to 9 p.m.


  • Feb. 12- Fallsgrove Book Club, Rockville, MD, 7 p.m.
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