A Day With Dain

Educational Speaking


Inspirational Speaking

When Dain travels to your campus, he will help students understand how a VISION coupled with ENERGY and PERSEVERANCE leads to SUCCESS. By sharing obstacles he’s overcome, lessons learned and insights he’s discovered on his journey, Dain motivates and inspires students to think critically, develop a success-plan and begin taking-action NOW!

Seminar Topics

Dain’s Getting to Gold Assembly spans 45-60 minutes and covers a variety of topics including:

  • Self-Discipline
  • Setting and Achieving Goals
  • Life Balance
  • Time Management
  • Building Character
  • Positive Attitude
  • Leadership Skills
  • And More!

Presentation Formats

The Getting to Gold Assembly can be adapted to a variety of schedules and venues including:

  • School-wide assemblies
  • Half-Day presentations (assembly followed by two, one-hour classroom visits)
  • Full-Day presentations (assembly followed by rotating classroom visits, after-school athletic team(s) seminars)
  • Graduation speeches (followed by photo-ops and autograph signing)

General Schedule

A ‘typical’ day with Dain might look like this*:

  • 7:30 AM Meeting and greet with Principal or Administrators
  • 8:00 AM Final setup at assembly, gym, or classroom location
  • 8:30 AM Motivational speech is delivered, tailored to address your specific goals
  • 9:15 AM Q & A with students
  • 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Customized breakout sessions with individual classes or small groups of students (e.g., athletic teams, student council, special populations, etc.)

* Please note that this is just an example. Times may vary, etc.

A visit can be customized to fit each school’s precise needs.

While there, time can be set aside for autographs. We always suggest having a few volleyballs for him to sign. These can be given to an outstanding student, raffled off for a fundraiser, put on display, etc.

Downloadable Materials

Dain Blanton

An American beach volleyball player who won the Gold Medal for the US in Beach Volleyball in the 2000 Olympic Games, Dain is the first African American to win a Major Pro Beach Volleyball event (1997 AVP Hermosa Beach Grand Slam). Mr. Blanton also served as the first two-time U.S. male Beach Volleyball Olympian (2000/2004).

Currently an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of women’s NCAA volleyball as well as the analyst for Professional Beach Volleyball worldwide (AVP/FIVB), Dain worked in the NBA as the Sideline Reporter for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers for five seasons.  His career in Sports Broadcasting has involved working with many major networks including ESPN, NBC, ABC, FOX Sports and The Olympic Channel. He has a passion for motivating, mentoring and professional development. Mr. Blanton has influenced thousands of students, teachers and business professional globally and looks forward to working with your institution.

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What People Are Saying

  • Phenomenal

    Margo McCormick, Asst. Principal
    Indio High School

  • [I’m] Basking in the glow
    of Dain’s Speech

    Rebecca Simmons, Lead Teacher
    Marquette Senior High School

  • Opened My Eyes

    Nalley, Student
    Marquette Senior High School

  • Impacted my life

    Noel, student
    indio High School

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