“I’ll be talking about basketball in general, motivational stuff,” Keady said of his Honeywell date. “I don’t have the secrets, but I can tell them what it takes to be successful and to win. And then I enjoy the questions.
“Herschel just came up with the bright idea [for the Honeywell talk]. I think [Bob] Knight had been there, and the great player for Cincinnati [Pete] Rose, so they were going to try and see what happened.”
Gulley said he’s hoping to draw about 1,500 people to the Honeywell Center talk. He said Keady works well with large audiences or small. He related a story of how Keady paid a surprise visit to a nursing home to spice up the day of the residents.
“A year ago, he was the chairman for the Senior Games, they were held over at Purdue, and people came in from I guess all over the U.S.,” Gulley said. “He’ll do things like that that nobody will hear about where he’ll stop by a nursing home and go in at noontime on his way traveling. It’s been tremendous having his personality and enthusiasm.”
Money raised from the golf outing goes to award college scholarships. Funds from the Honeywell Center talk and the Charley Creek breakfast will go to basketball camp scholarships for local athletes through their local Kiwanis clubs.
Keady is retired as a head coach, but not as a coach. Keady now works as a special assistant/advisor at St. John’s, helping one of his former assistants, Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin.
“He’s like a son,” Keady said of Lavin. “We have a lot of fun, work hard. We’ve got players now, so we think we ought to be good this year. It’s going to be interesting and I’m looking forward to it.”
But before basketball season, there’s another stop in the state he once called home for his dates in Peru and Wabash.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing everybody, hope we have a great turnout and can’t wait to get started,” Keady said.