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Sports Speakers

From team sports like basketball or football to individual competitions in taekwondo and fencing, we value athletic activity – both for its entertainment value, and its ability to teach valuable life lessons. And because of their on-court success, several athletes have become important icons off the field. GBS is proud to feature several speakers available for any sports-related event. To find out more about our available sports experts, browse the list below.

Jalen Rose

Current ESPN/ABC Analyst; University of Michigan Fab Five and 13-year NBA Star; and Founder of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Current ESPN/ABC analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist. Jalen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Southwestern High School and the...


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Eddie George

College football analyst for Fox Sports and Sirius-XM; Analyst for Yahoo! Sports. 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. Member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Former NFL running back for Oilers, Titans, & Cowboys.

Eddie GeorgeEddie George serves as an analyst on Fox Sports’ college football coverage as well as with Sirius-XM and Yahoo! Sports. Previously he has been a contributor to the Dr. Oz Show, an analyst on Fox’s BCS coverage as well as the host of The Quad on the Big Ten Network and a contributor to Fox Business Channel. He has also been featured on Fox Sports Net’s “Pro Football Preview,” “College Football Weekly” and “Best Damn Sports Show” progra...


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Cullen Jones

Olympic Gold medalist, talented and dynamic speaker, and ambassador for Make A Splash! - USA Swimming Foundation

Cullen Jones At the age of 5, Cullen Jones nearly drowned at a water park with his family. Today, he is the most decorated African-American swimmer ever. Ever since his near drowning experience and learning to swim, Cullen has been determined to beat stereotypes and achieve his dreams of being a world-renowned swimmer. In 2008, Cullen did just that, as he become one of the fastest swimmers on the planet and only the second African-American in ...


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Stephen Smith

ESPN TV (First Take) and radio personality (mid-day show in NYC) as well as an ESPN.com columnist. Long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stephen A. SmithStephen was born in the British Virgin Islands and raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, NY. He attended Winston-Salem State University and played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines. Smith has built the foundation of his career as a journalist for the New York Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and is now a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. In March 2003, he was promoted to General Sports Columnist by the ...


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Chris Broussard

Author and award-winning journalist who specializes in inspiring youth, empowering black men & achieving success God's way.

Chris BroussardMr. Broussard is an internationally known NBA analyst and award-winning journalist for ESPN. As a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he specializes in covering basketball, particularly the NBA. Because of his knowledge of the game and its participants, he makes regular television appearances on ABC and ESPN and has served as an analyst on the network's flagship NBA show, "NBA Countdown,'' alongside basketball legend ...


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Sanya Richards Ross

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Sanya Richards-Ross Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the stage for S...


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Etan Thomas

NBA Player, Author, Poet, Political Pundant, Children's Advocate

Etan ThomasEtan Thomas is More Than An Athlete. He’s been called a “gentle giant.” A “rebounder with a cause.” Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career with the conviction of a Bill Russell, and the poetic finesse of Muhammad Ali. Born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thomas’ childhood was surrounded by books on the civil rights movement, politics and the 1960′s. He was g...


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Michael Graves

Change in Order to Survive...The Professional and Personal Challenges of Starting a Business in a Recession

Michael GravesAn exceptionally motivated, sales and marketing professional who has effectively led large and diverse organizations to achieve profitable results and consistently exceed industry growth averages.  A results-driven executive with a proven track record of success; designing, establishing, launching and revitalizing corporate brands by utilizing consumer insights, social media and analytics. A charismatic leader, committed to exceedin...


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LZ Granderson

ESPN personality, producer & host: Sportscenter, Outside the Lines, 1st Take; ESPN U.S. Open Tennis commentator; CNN contributor & CNN.com weekly columnist; Named 2011 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian Gay Journalist Association.

LZ GrandersonGranderson is currently a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines, and First Take. He writes a weekly column for CNN.com, appears weekly on CNN Newsroom, has a CNN video blog and podcast and appears frequently on CNN Newsroom, American Morning with Ali Velshi, Newsroom with Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper 360. Granderson was first hired at The Atlan...


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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ V.Y.Z.I.O.N. Strategist, Speaker, Life Coach, and blacklifecoaches.net contributor helping you go from slump to success!!

Shaun Marq AndersonGrowing up in the rough terrains of Pine Bluff, AR was no easy feat for Shaun Marq Anderson. His formative years were marked by financial and familial struggles, including growing up in a fatherless home and bouts of extreme poverty. As he grew older, he had to deal with times of homelessness as well. With all of these obstacles, he could have easily followed in the path of drug dealing, stealing, prison, or the grave that man...


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Bill Lester

Formally trained and employed Computer Scientist who risked it all, and became a full-time professional NASCAR driver at age 40 and lived his dream.

William Alexander Lester III As the only third African American driver to race at the top level of NASCAR, the Sprint Cup Series, in the last 50 years, Bill Lester is not your typical race car driver. The fact that he achieved this at 45 years of age makes this feat even more impressive. But Bill’s professional racing career is atypical in many ways. He didn’t grow up in the sport. He does not come from wealth. He is not a second or third genera...


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Garrett Johnson

A 21st century innovator who specializes in technology, politics, education and sports.

Garrett JohnsonGarrett is CEO/co-founder of SendHub, a venture-backed startup based in Silicon Valley. He previously served as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Johnson completed graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and was accepted to Harvard law school. Originally from Florida, he took his undergraduate degrees fr...


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Susan Summons

Susan motivates you to get results and take action!

Susan SummonsSusan, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, is a nationally acclaimed international motivational speaker, sports educator, and was honored as the 2012 National Finalist for the Giant Step Award, recipient of the 2011 National Ambassador of Peace Award, and again a 2011 National Finalist for the prestigious Giant Step Award as presented by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. Susan, a member of the 2010 Florida Hall of Fa...


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Ronnie Nunn

Sports related Speaker - focus on diversity, education, decision-making in life

Ronnie Nunn   Natural born leader, communicator, and motivator with successful track record in management and training within professional sports and education; Creative problem-solver who offers innovative strategies and tangible results; Solutions-oriented director with experience setting strategic long- and short-term goals with measurable outcomes; Expert at developing and analyzing performance metrics using quantitative data and observatio...


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Dr. Deborah Stroman

Sports Entrepreneur and Marketing Leadership Professor at UNC Chapel HIll

Deborah StromanDr. Debby is a faculty member of the Sport Administration specialization of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Her teaching focus is the theory and practical application of economics and finances, leadership, and the marketing of sport. Her research interests are leadership, entrepreneurship, and social issues of sport. Additional responsibilities include faculty advisor ...


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Stephan Askew

Renowned Success Coach & Founder of Q Foundation, Inc

Stephan Askew Renowned Success Coach Stephán "Coach Q" Askew is an Award-Winning Dropout Expert, Athletic Coach, Published Author and Philanthropist who works extensively with individuals, families, businesses and organizations with a direct focus on success.He believes that "Prayer, Planning, Faith and Common Sense" are four major aspects to living a life of success. Coach Q instills values in those he touches: values including being true to th...


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Barrett Matthews

The 'Get It Done' Coach, who takes a 'No Excuses' approach to helping you reach your goals and moving you from Employee To Entrepreneur.

Barrett MatthewsBarrett is a dynamic speaker, author and a coach. Known for his "kick in the rear" approach to coaching, Barrett leads people into an environment where ACTION is expected and EXCUSES are prohibited. This approach to leadership prompted him to write the book, "Why Didn't You Get It Done?", which has been read internationally.With over 20 years of experience in business as a leader, a teacher and teammate, Barrett Matthews felt a ne...


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Ruben Britt

Author, lecturer, career development expert, educator and radio host

Ruben Britt, Jr. Author, lecturer, career coach, and educator, Ruben Britt, Jr. is a Master Career Development Professional. He is a career planning advisor at Rowan University and talk show host. Ruben is the host of Career Talk on WGLS-FM a show offering tips and advice on career planning and finding employment.He has written a book on self-empowerment entitled Reflection and Restoration: Quotes for Self-Empowerment and Motivation, a career pl...


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