Keynote Presentation and NGWA Awards of Excellence

Wednesday, December 4, 8-9:45 a.m.

Come and be inspired by both our keynote speaker and this year's NGWA award recipients!

Keynote presentation

Jim “The Rookie” Morris, pictured here, will share the story of his meteoric rise from 35-year-old high school teacher to major league pitcher in just three months.

Morris’ Cinderella story became the feel-good story of 1999 that made cinematic history with the release of the 2002 Disney movie The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid.

After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 and 2000, Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring from baseball in 2001.Now, as a motivational speaker, Morris’ story has inspired those interested in overcoming life’s obstacles and living their dreams. He has participated in such events as The Million Dollar Round Table, numerous speaker showcases, and is the author of the autobiography, The Oldest Rookie, which was published in 2001. Morris’ philanthropic efforts include partnerships with multiple organizations, including Arms of Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts of America, and Play It Forward.

NGWA Awards of Excellence

NGWA awards, presented annually at Groundwater Week, represent the highest quality in standards and business practices. Award recipients are recognized for outstanding contributions through service, innovation, research, safety, and outstanding projects of scientific and technological importance affecting the growth and well-being of the groundwater industry. Click here to learn who is being honored this year.