Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Idaho Farm Bureau's 70th Annual Meeting

Walter Bond addresses the Idaho Farm Bureau--Putnam photo

Annual Banquet Keynote Address:
Walt Bond Strikes a Cord with Farm Bureau Crowd

Idaho Falls--Former NBA player and now motivational speaker Walt Bond found common ground with rank and file Idaho Farm Bureau members Wednesday night. The crowd of 300 whole-heartedly embraced the former hoop star from Chicago. They laughed at Bonds self depreciating humor, but listened intently at life's lessons; dished out in heaping portions.

The former Dallas Mavericks Star inspired the crowd with exquisite story telling and all marveled at his journey. He pointed out that he never started a college basketball game and in fact was injured his senior year and wasn't even drafted. Yet his father encouraged him to give basketball another shot and told his son he has a lifetime to work yet one chance to play pro basketball. Bond set his sights on the NBA, practice, worked hard for a year and landed a tryout with Dallas, he became the first rookie free agent to start for the Mavs.

He says he was never the best or fastest player, instead he found a niche and was able to achieve goals through confidence. That struck a cord with the Farm crowd and he in turn, urged them to find their niche and to be the best in their field.

Walter Bond played in the NBA for 8 years. He was a member of the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. He was also a broadcast analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His career has led him to travel around the world to places including, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Germany and many other countries. He now boasts a full calendar of speaking engagements and Farm Bureau members know why, he's so likable!

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