This morning I had the pleasure of attending the Young Leader Breakfast of the Owensboro Family YMCA. The focus of the breakfast is to spotlight and inspire the young leaders of the community. One local student is also selected to receive a college scholarship. Each year at the breakfast the Owensboro Family YMCA brings a guest speaker to help inspire the group.

This year the speaker was Derek Anderson Sr. You may remember Mr. Anderson from the 1996 Championship U.K. Basketball team (the Untouchables as some may remember) or the 2006 Championship Miami Heat team. Mr. Anderson spent eleven years in the NBA and runs DA Enterprises and the Derek Anderson Foundation.

Mr. Anderson spoke to the crowd at the breakfast about his rise from being essentially homeless as a child to being a well known basketball player. Mr. Anderson was especially moving and focused a lot on the positive. He wanted to make sure a couple messages got across: taking every opportunity and not focusing on the negative, and helping others.

I enjoyed getting to hear Mr. Anderson speak. And as a basketball fan (especially of the late 90’s Wildcats!), I also enjoyed hearing some of the memories Mr. Anderson had of his time with the Wildcats and in the NBA.

Check out this clip below that features some of Mr. Anderson's story and some memorable highlights from his basketball days: