January 09, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News


(Congers, NY January 06, 2006) Waterhouse Publishing announced today the release of a new inspirational children’s book entitled “Yes, I Can”, written by original team member and former captain of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, Devon Harris.

Composed in verse, this incredibly motivational book chronicles the experiences of the original team members who, with a strong belief in themselves and each other as well as a “can do” attitude, became the first to represent their island nation in the Winter Olympic Games, which were held in Calgary, Canada in 1988. This unlikely feat shocked the world and inspired the 1993 block buster movie by Walt Disney Productions entitled “Cool Runnings.”

“Yes, I Can”, intended for children ranging in the ages of seven to twelve years, will teach and reinforce to readers that, like the original Jamaican bobsled team, they too will achieve their dreams once they believe in themselves, work hard and persevere. The book focuses on following one’s own dreams, eliminating fear to pursue those dreams and embracing opportunities despite the inevitable obstacles they will face. Harris anticipates that the powerful lessons this improbable yet true story espouses will not only inspire children to build a healthy and high self esteem but will also encourage them to pursue their dreams even in the face of insurmountable odds.


About Devon Harris

Devon is no stranger to adversity. He was born in poverty and raised in a violent ghetto environment. While most of his peers dropped out of school at an early age, Devon persevered, excelled in sports, and graduated with honors. With much persistence, Devon received an appointment to the Officer Corp of the Jamaica Defence Force and was selected to attend the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in England.

At the suggestion of his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to join Jamaica’s first Olympic Bobsled Team. Since then he has participated in three Winter Olympic Games, including the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada upon which Disney based the popular movie, Cool Runnings.

A motivational Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator since 1998, Devon has delivered his inspirational message to receptive audiences throughout the world
His personal philosophy like that of the Jamaican Bobsled team is that he will not permit others to define the limits of his success. He is also an athlete ambassador for Right To Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian non-profit organization using sport and play to enhance child development and build community capacity in refugee camps around the world. “Yes, I Can” is his first book.