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 Schoo...


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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. Smith           Stephen 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...


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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 Broussard         Mr. 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 basketbal...


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Jay Ellis

Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.

Jay Ellis           Jay is a series regular on the BET hit series, The Game, now in its 8th season. Ellis stars as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The highly educated “Blueprint” is often the smartest guy in the room, which rubs his new teammates the wrong way. Jay can also be seen sharing the screen with Terrence Howard in the much-anticipated Farrelly Brothers film Movie...


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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 st...


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Etan Thomas

NBA Player, Author, Poet, Political Pundit and Children’s Advocate.

Etan Thomas         Etan 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....


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Michael Graves

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

Michael Graves        An 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 ...


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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 Anderson         Growing 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...


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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 thi...


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Garrett Johnson

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

Garrett Johnson         Garrett 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 was graduated magna cum laude in three years with a double major in Political Science and English. Johnson was named an academic All-American in 2005 and 2006 and earne...


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Ronnie Nunn

Sports related Speaker - focusing on diversity, education and 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 o...


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Dr. Deborah Stroman

Sports Entrepreneur and Marketing Leadership Professor at UNC Chapel HIll

Dr. Deborah Stroman         Dr. 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 fac...


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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 Motiv...


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