Jonathan Breeden is one of the most impressive young men you will ever meet. Faith filled, soft spoken, respectful with the maturity well beyond his years. He is a former standout basketball player at Central Dauphin East high school, Division I Sienna College and West Chester University. Also an elite AAU coach for Mid-Penn Motion, Jonathon has used his God given gifts to provide basketball skill development training to hundreds of boys and girls throughout the Harrisburg region.
However, Jonathon’s greatest contribution to our youth is the tremendously positive impact that he has on the lives of children in Harrisburg and around the world. “My goal is to positively impact and change the lives of young people, through more than just basketball “, stated Jonathan. He connects with the youth through basketball or success training to teach them life lessons. “Through my mission work and basketball training and with my life and words, I provide the youth with direction on how to be successful”, Jonathon added.
Known for both his exceptional basketball skills and motivational speaking, Jonathan took his talents to Kenya on his first mission trip in 2015 through his home church, The Empowerment Center Worldwide. On the heels of this successful mission and through Passion For Souls Church, Jonathan was invited to speak in Botswana this year in conjunction with the Youth of Africa Leaders Empowerment (YALE) organization. In early April, Jonathan departed for a 10 day mission trip to Ramotswa, Botswanna. Jonathan ran a basketball clinic at Kagiso Senior School for over 30 of the school’s boys and girls basketball players. Afterwards, he was the keynote speaker for the school and an audience of 1600 plus Students, Teachers and Administrators.
Jonathan’s inspiring speech to the students was based upon his “Dream Formula”. He used his personal life story of not knowing his father and growing up on the streets of Harrisburg to give the attentive students a road map on how to dream and overcome adversity. He spoke of how a poverty mindset can prevent students from positive growth and explained how one can come from a disadvantaged background to “BE” successful in life when they put their mind to it. His personal life story resonated with the captivated young audience. Instead of using and selling drugs like some of his peers, he explained how he used his gift of playing basketball to move away from the streets culture, earn a Division 1 college scholarship and now earn a living through Breeden Entreprises.
The students hung on Jonathan’s every word as he advised students that everything they do now, has an impact on their future. Jonathan spoke to the students from his heart. “A negative mindset is a poverty mindset that forfeits your future. Work on accomplishing your dreams now rather than later. Abandon bad habits and rebuild your character with new positive habits with the help of principles and the right mentors”, urged Jonathan. “Basketball helped me to exercise discipline in my life. One of my mentors helped me start my own business a few years ago”, stated Jonathan.
After his speech, Jonathan left the stage to join the uplifted students. He was swarmed with hugs from the students, as they exclaimed how much he had inspired them. Before departing, Jonathan donated numerous Mid Penn Motion basketballs, soccer balls, air pumps, training cones and his company t-shirts to the school. Along with others, MPM was proud to be a sponsor for Jonathan’s mission trip.
The balance of Jonathan’s mission trip included a street ministry for Christ, entrepreneurs summit, a Youth Crusade for underprivileged children and a ministry speech at a maximum security prison. Through his inspiring and message, Jonathan continues to positively impact the lives of children and adults in Harrisburg and around the world. Jonathan will forego an invitation to speak in Brazil in August due to his impending September wedding to fellow Mid Penn Motion coach and CD East standout, Kirsten Selvey. The entire MPM family sends their best wishes to Jonathan and Kirsten.
“We are so very proud of Jonathan. He is a remarkable young man”, stated MPM Vice President, John Studer. “He exemplifies everything that we look for in an MPM coach. He understands that basketball can be an important avenue to achieve dreams, to teach valuable life lessons and provide crucial mentorship to children and young adults”. Jonathan has utilized his amazing gifts, youth ministry and “Dream Formula” to touch thousands in central Pennsylvania and around the world. God bless you Jonathan, and thank you!!!
You can book Jonathan for speaking and basketball training at www.jonbreeden.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.