Charlie Aeschliman is considered one of the best at what he does. He has been featured on The Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, and ESPN. This motivational speaker is Nike’s National Basketball Handling Champion and has performed in many half-time breaks, regaling audiences with his basketball handling skills. And he is — did you see this coming? — a former Navy SEAL.
Aeschliman has made a career out of basketball handling – and out of speaking to children, a twist to the kind of service he used to render for his country. He is known for speaking about good character, which is what he does on TV, reaching thousands of children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Just last Monday, he spoke to the children at Central Cambria Middle School about being respectful of others and of authority, to believe in their dreams, and to not be bullies.
Basketball handling is the fulfillment of a childhood dream for Aeschliman, who fell in love with the sport as a kid. Now, he has done the rounds of the professional circuit and is inspiring children across America while doing what he loves. He does about a hundred performances each year before a cumulative crowd of 100,000 children – in the hope of spreading positive values that children can take with them through adulthood.
Charlie Aeschliman has been quoted as saying: “It’s about the small steps you take every day. Doing the right thing at the right time even if no one is watching, that’s integrity… Nothing takes the place of perseverance – not strength, not talent and not intelligence. There is only ever one true failure and that’s giving up on yourself. Don’t fear failure, it’s a normal part of the experience.”
Here’s a video of Charlie Aeschliman doing what he does best. The audio is not so good, though, so I would suggest watching it without background music.