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John Amaechi, American motivational speaker, retired professional basketball player. Named to National Basketball Association All-Interview First Team, 1999—2000; recipient Bronze medal, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia, 2006, Achievement award, Pennsylvania State University, 2006.


Amaechi, John was born on November 26, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.


Student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania State College, University Park, 1995. Doctor of Science in Psychology, San Diego University, California.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Manchester Metropolitan University, England.


Forward, center Cleveland Cavaliers, 1995—1996, Panathaniakos, Greece, 1996—1997, Kinder Bologna, Italy, 1997—1998, Center for Security Policy Limoges, France, 1998—1999, Orlando Magic, Florida, 1999—2001, Utah Jazz, 2001—2003. Retired, 2003; founder, managing director Animus Consultant, Manchester, England, since 2001. Founder Amaechi Performance Systems.

Spokesperson Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project, since 2007.



Founder, chairman Amaechi Basketball Centers Foundation, Manchester, since 2001. Director youth and grassroots development England Basketball, Sheffield, since 2005. Trustee International Development through Sport, London, 2006.

Director youth commission International Basketball Federation Europe, Munich, since 2007. Member of Professional Speakers Association.