I Never Stopped Smiling

The inspirational autobiography of Kevin “Special K” Daley

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
244 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2015
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Author Biography

Kevin Daley is a 10-year former captain of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, where he served as the showman known as “Special K”. Throughout his legendary career leading the Globetrotters, he was able to sharpen his already natural ability to engage and motivate audiences of all ages. Mr. Daley has been featured in hundreds of news publications and on TV shows worldwide. You also may have seen him in one of more than a dozen TV commercials, including the favorite of Michael Jordan himself, where Kevin played the double for Jordan in the now top 10 commercial of all time.

Kevin has overcome much adversity on his path to success, starting at the tender age of three when he had to cope with his mother’s suicide. At the age of twelve, Kevin’s father made the life changing decision to move him and his two brothers from Panama to the United States in hopes of a future filled with opportunity for his children. As Mr. Daley continued down his life’s path, he was faced with yet more adversity but hurdled each obstacle. He studied successful people and researched the keys of self-motivation to work towards accomplishing personal goals. Kevin is an accomplished speaker with a natural ability to connect through his own personal story, leading others to uncover their own motivating factors within.

Kevin has traveled to more than 95 countries and has touched and inspired the lives of many worldwide, and believes in helping others to help themselves.

As a native of Panama, where he shares dual citizenship with the United States, he is fluent in both Spanish and English and has traveled the globe sharing his message in both languages. Kevin’s daughter Kaydee is his pride and joy, and one of his own main sources of inspiration.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

In I Never Stopped Smiling: The Inspirational Autobiography of Kevin Daley, formerly known as Harlem Globetrotter great ‘Special K,’ author Kevin Daley shares his incredible story in an effort to inspire us all to overcome disappointment and challenges in our own lives, allowing us to become an inspiration to others. Kevin recounts his tumultuous journey to success, starting with his mother’s suicide when he was only 3 years old. “Every New Year’s Eve, I would be out on the court waiting for midnight so I could say I was the first person in the world to make a basket that year.” He overcomes adversity on many levels and becomes a Guinness Book of World Records holder and achieves international fame as the captain of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. Today he is a motivational speaker and campaigns against bullying.

Kevin’s writing will grab your heart and make you feel his disappointment and frustration as he sat on the bench during college, and will make you laugh as he describes his first job - dressed in an Easter Bunny costume. I Never Stopped Smiling is written with passion, wit, depth and insight. It is told in a conversational style of writing that makes you feel as if you are sitting in the room with him. And, like any great conversation, you will not want it to stop and will feel that time just flew by when you hit the last page. Kevin Daley’s autobiography is a very enjoyable read and his positive thinking and determination will be an inspiration to all readers.