John "PUSH" Gaines

Helping people PUSH past their pain to find their purpose.

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John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines” is a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate.

John PUSH GainesJohn has spoken at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches and schools. He has worked with groups of parents, educators, coaches & mental health professionals.

John’s ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible and to help them realize regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face, they can still PUSH to be the great human being that they were created to be.

John attended East Central University where he graduated Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team! In addition, he graduated from Liberty University with a Master degree in Business Leadership and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Business Administration.


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Keynote or Assembly

Helping students PUSH past their pain to overcome learning and social obstacles, find their purpose and follow their dreams.

In this engaging talk, discusses his personal struggles and trials of overcoming his inability to read and write.

John covers his tough road to doctoral academia, a career with a Fortune 500 company, winning a college football championship and his cameo on Wall Street during the New York Stock Exchange.

He provides practical tips to the audience about perseverance, and a step-by-step guide to achieving one’s dream.

LOVE is the answer: Developing a Positive SELF-IMAGE

Keynote or Assembly

The purpose of this lesson is to help students realize the importance of a healthy self-image for success in life. This lesson will help students understand that they have VALUE and that we all have the potential to be great despite the obstacles that we face.

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2025
Chicago, IL
Southeast High School
September 5, 2025
Philadelphia, PA
Back to School Seminar
October 15, 2025
San Jose, CA
Southwest High School


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