Kevin Carroll

The power of the ‘red rubber ball’

We all need a ‘why,’ says GAC keynote speaker Kevin Carroll.

February 17, 2021

Kevin Carroll is a firm believer in the “red rubber ball.” That’s his metaphor, stemming from a difficult childhood, for the power of play and the pursuit of his personal best.

We all need a “why,” Carroll says, or a driving force that propels us forward. That’s his red rubber ball.

Carroll will present the closing keynote address at the 2021 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, March 2-4


Carroll’s background includes a decade in the Air Force, time as a trainer with the Philadelphia 76ers, and a seven-year stint with Nike—which created a position specifically for him and where Carroll earned his “Katalyst” nickname.

He later started Kevin Carroll Katalyst LLC, and has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change and a way to show others how to chase their own “red rubber ball.”

Carroll also is the author of four books, which build on these life-affirming themes.

This session is sponsored by CUNA Councils.