Jim Ellis shattered stereotypes and lead an all African-American swim team to the national finals.
"Fear is the unknown, not knowing what you're getting into. Courage is going in there and dealing with the unknown." Jim Ellis Jim Ellis epitomizes breaking barriers. He led an all African-American swim team to the national finals and shattered the stereotypes associated with race and swimming ability. Jim's outstanding story of courage, determination and enormous dedication became the inspiration for the movie, Pride. This soft-spoken man teaches powerful lessons about taking chances against the odds, believing in yourself and your mission, facing life with integrity, and overcoming adversity. Swimming and teaching are Jim's passions. He knows what it takes to be a winner, how to nurture winners, and how to break through the barriers of racism.