DeMoine Adams is a Motivational Speaker who inspires others to be greater, to be leaders, and to be winners in the game of life. He is originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and is a former University of Nebraska standout football player. DeMoine played an instrumental role in helping the Huskers win a Big 12 Conference Championship in 1999 and helped lead the Huskers to the National Championship Rose Bowl in 2002. He also spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, and San Francisco 49ners. As a first-generation student, DeMoine received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in Political Science with minors in English, History, Communications, Ethnic Studies, and African Studies. He went on to receive his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree at the University of Nebraska.
DeMoine emphasizes in his talks the importance of having a Game Plan to be winners and leaders in life. He speaks numerous times each year throughout the country motivating others to reach their full potential and to use their roles to be role models. He worked with the TeamMates Mentoring Program started by legendary former Nebraska Head Football Coach, Tom Osborne, inspiring youth through mentoring. In January 2020, DeMoine accepted a position with the University of Nebraska Foundation as a Development Director.
He currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska and his motto is: “Once you see where you’re going, then everything you do must correspond with where you’re going.”
Audience: K-12, Colleges & Athletic Organizations
“Heart Over Hype” will motivate students to be role models instead of role followers by choosing to do what’s right instead of being influenced by what’s popular, and demonstrate daily inclusion and unconditional kindness to all students regardless of their background.
“Getting Into LeaderSHAPE” Anyone can be a leader, but it takes MUSCLE to have leadership! “Getting into LeaderSHAPE” will challenge students to stop being followers, be their best, build winning relationships, and develop a strong character to have the MUSCLE they need for real leadership.
“Bone UP” is a bullying prevention program that challenges students to play DEFENSE by TACKLING bullying behaviors by Speaking up, Stepping up, and Teaming up to create a safe, responsible, and respectful school environment.
“Bring Your ‘A’ Game” will motivate students to have a MAXIMUM effort, a STRONG focus, and an UNDENIABLE commitment in EVERYTHING they do in school in order to produce greater results in the classroom, on standardized tests, and in their attitude toward their education.
“Scoring in School” If life was a game, you have to SCORE to win! “Scoring in School” will teach students how to score in the classroom, score in the choices they make, score by following the RIGHT directions, and score by NEVER giving up in order to reach their TOUCHDOWN and WIN as students.
“The ALL-American” (Diversity Awareness) is a program designed to teach and promote diversity, cultural competence, and respectful behaviors in order to eliminate unconscious biases and stereotypes. Students will also learn how to be ALL-around individuals in their academics, character, and leadership in order to be successful in the real world. *Recommended for January and February
Audience: Professional Development and Corporate Training
“Defensive Leadership” The side of leadership most professionals focus on is their position, their title, their hard work, and their OFFENSE toward the end goal. But leadership is about teamwork, and in any work environment or community, the “other” side of leadership requires personal and social responsibility. “Defensive Leadership” will help professionals and adults exercise their leadership by leading by example, making each other better, and being responsible for each other in order to achieve their collective goal in a constructive, positive manner. *Defensive LeaderSHAPE is available as a follow-up presentation to Defensive Leadership
“H.E.R.O. Leadership” Heroes give people in movies something to believe in, but H.E.R.O. leaders give people in real life the seeds of potential to believe in themselves. “H.E.R.O. Leadership” will encourage professionals and adults to lead by serving and becoming positive role models to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
“Barry and Tyler, first and foremost thank you for helping us get DeMoine Adams to Perkins County Schools. He presented three times (K-2, 3-6, and 7-12) and he was amazing! He shared his message about being leaders, making the right choices, and overall being kind to everyone. His presentation, entitled “Heart Over Hype”, was exactly what we needed. I have had staff, students, and community members stop me multiple times already saying how much they enjoyed DeMoine and his message. He is a very personable individual who brings real passion to his presentations. I would highly recommend him to any group! Thanks again!”
Ben Jones, 7-12 Principal, Perkins County Schools
“DeMoine Adams is amazing! He spoke at Northeast Community College to a large group of TRIO-SSS students at a Fall Semester Kick-Off event. Every moment of his time speaking with our students was delivered in a dynamic and inspirational manner. He has the uncanny ability to make every person in the room feel as though he is speaking directly to them. DeMoine tailored his dialogue seamlessly to speak directly to the challenges and struggles that this population of students will face in post-secondary education. With his background being vastly similar to theirs, he was able to speak genuinely and deliver a message of how he has overcome difficulties and experienced success in higher education, and how they can too. Our students and staff left his speech excited, full of positivity, and motivated to be successful. I would sincerely recommend DeMoine to anyone looking for a passionate, energetic, and inspirational speaker!”
Josh Becker, Director of TRIO Student Support Services, Northeast Community College
“Barry and Tyler, Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! We had the pleasure of having DeMoine Adams speak at our Annual Nebraska Weed Control Association Conference and he was amazing! He had tailored his speech to our group and talked about Leadership and Teamwork. For the rest of the conference, I had members approaching me and talking about the number of points that DeMoine brought up in his speech that they could take home and use in their jobs, or just in life in general. If you have not heard DeMoine in person you are missing out on a great message. I would recommend him to any group. His points of view on leadership and teamwork would fit any business or organization. Thanks again for suggesting DeMoine Adams!”
Todd Boller, President, NWCA
“For our first day of school, we had DeMoine Adams speak to our 7th-12th grade students. He did an excellent job motivating them to put forth maximum effort in all their endeavors, stay focused on their goals and make good choices. He really got them excited for the new school year! We received lots of positive feedback from staff and students about how energized they were for the new year after hearing DeMoine speak. It was an honor to have him speak at our school, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a positive, motivating, and energetic speaker for their event.”
Dr. Stuart Lenz, K-12 Principal/Superintendent, Giltner Public Schools
“DeMoine Adams isn’t just another speaker ‘talking’ about the importance of having a solid game plan…he’s the epitome of his message! As a former stand-out collegiate and professional athlete, he understands first-hand the importance of having a Solid Game Plan both personally & professionally. More impressive than his football credentials is his dedication to education, having received his Master’s degree and is now working on his PhD! I recommend him without reservation!”
Aaron Davis, President, Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc.
“DeMoine was great! His presentation resonated greatly with our group and he does a fabulous job of engaging the audience to make his presentation come to life. DeMoine is a naturally inspiring speaker who let’s his personal and professional experience teach and motivate you to achieve your best!”
Tim Iverson, Heritage Financial Services
“DeMoine’s insightful ability to take the basic fundamentals of the game of football and relate them to leadership allows him to connect with a wide range of individuals. His charisma along with his strong knowledge base captivates and inspires to grow the leader in all of us.”
Dr. Katie Kage, University of Northern Colorado
“DeMoine Adams is the man! His thought-provoking talks are incredible and should be heard by all. DeMo is a must!”
Jamar Banks, Director for Student Involvement and Leadership, Appalachian State University
“What a true dynamo! Our students were at full attention to the motivating messages of DeMoine Adams. His personal stories of challenge and what it takes to overcome them send an excellent message of ‘NO Excuses!’ and ‘YOU Determine YOUR Destiny’.”
Cara Riggs, Principal, Omaha South High Magnet School, Nebraska
“DeMoine captured our students’ attention with his powerful and interactive message! He connected with us in a way that few speakers have. His simple yet powerful witness to do what’s right, be real, and demonstrate respect is easily relatable to our expectations at CCMS. We look forward to welcoming DeMoine back year after year!”
Darron Arlt, Principal, Central City Middle School, Central City, Nebraska
“This week we had the honor and pleasure of hosting DeMoine Adams at Wahoo High School. DeMoine’s message was educational, engaging, and relevant. He brought incredible life and energy into his presentation which further fueled the engagement and excitement within our student body. I would not hesitate to bring DeMoine back to Wahoo High School.”
Jason Libal, Principal, Wahoo High School
“I was impressed with the way DeMoine focused on talking about each person’s own potential and the specific steps he or she needs to maximize the chance for success. DeMoine has a very sincere way of speaking to students in such a way that they can sense the trust being formed between him and them.”
Gary Klahn, Superintendent, Wheeler Central Schools, Nebraska