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.

Stephen A 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 Gene...


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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...


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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 ...


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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           Please allow me to introduce myself as Michael A. Graves. I am a Business Development and Communications Executive, as well as a Sports Radio Talk Show Host. I am seeking speaking engagements where I can share my story and experience over the past 25 years. My topics center around, how to best monetize the strength of one’s network and personal brand at scale, while overcoming challenges; business, personal, f...


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Teddy Williams        The last words his grandmother whispered before passing were: “You Were Destined for Greatness”. It broke the first of many clouds that would hang over the life of Teddy Williams, showing rays of sunshine, and giving him the determination to be successful.Not many would have bet Teddy would have just signed a 2.3 million deal with the Carolina Panthers after celebrating his 5th season in the NFL. He began finding t...


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Julian Jackson

Youngest HLN TV Contributor; Contributor to CBS Sports; Founder of JR SportBrief, and Social Media Consultant.

Julian “J.R.” Jackson            A workaholic since he was a child, JR has turned a love for sports, media and the internet into a full time career. Whether he’s in Los Angeles interviewing Hines Ward about conditioning, in Dallas talking social media with Kevin Hart or hosting a Google+ Hangout with Pelé from London, JR is always on the move.   Before college began, JR talked his way into a marketing and events internship at VIBE M...


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Brandon Maye

Keynote/Motivational Speaker • Author • Philanthropist • Entrepreneur and Former College Football All Ameican

Brandon Maye        You’re GUARANTEED Life-Changing Results!   "What God has for you, no devil in hell can ever take away - Point Blank!! There is no weapon formed against you that shall prosper." - Brandon Maye   Brandon Maye began his life journey with numerous frustrations and hurdles to overcome. He started from humble beginnings and even stood on the threshold of his NFL dream with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brandon beat insurmounta...


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Nevil Shed

Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer trailblazer for the “Road to Glory”: led by his love of God, family, basketball and second chances.

Nevil Shed        “Basketball is life” is a phrase, but when Nevil Shed was playing basketball; his life was threatened just for daring to be great in basketball. Taunted, called every racial slur, threatened for just daring to show up, winning was not important, it was the only option. With the odds stacked against Nevil and his small and unfavorable team, they created a new road, blazed in glory, changing the world the way they knew h...


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George Hegamin

Retired NFL Superbowl Champion turned NFLPA Senior Manager: Coach, Motivator and Mentor.

George Hegamin         For more than 15 years, George has utilized his experience as an NFL athlete and Super Bowl Champion to successfully coach, motivate and mentor student-athletes, entrepreneurs and sales teams alike.   Born in the rough inner city of Camden, NJ, George is the walking billboard for motivation and perseverance. He walked on to his high school football team as a junior and was able to parlay that into successful caree...


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Clifton Coates

“Your Premiere Voice of Choice for Motivation and Inspiration.”

Clifton Coates         “Only When You Learn How To Control Your Destiny, Will You Realize Your Full Potential.”   Clifton Coates has taken his passion for empowering at-risk populations and turned it into an art form. An extraordinary keynote and motivational speaker, singer and skilled workshop facilitator he is transforming leadership in school systems, colleges, corporations, government and non-profit organizations.Coates offers a un...


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Floyd Keith

A motivational, inspirational and entertaining speaker who will inspire his audience to realize their full potential on a personal and professional level by “Planned Positive Attitude”.

Floyd Keith      Floyd Keith has accumulated forty-five years of service and expertise in the sports profession; with 24 of those years in high level management. He is currently the CEO of PPA (Planned Positive Attitude) Professional Services; providing services in professional development, life skills coaching, diversity and inclusion and motivational speaking. Previously, Floyd served 12 years as the Executive Director of the Black Co...


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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ Scholar Activist with expertise on diversity in sports and leadership communication.

Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson          Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson is a scholar and public intellectual specializing in the areas of sport and social change, corporate social responsibility, and leadership communication. He is one of those rare individuals who rose to success despite a turbulent upbringing. For many black men, the statistics say that those who grow up in low-income, single parent home are destined for failure. But for Shaun, he ...


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Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in Black education, Athletics, Leadership Development, and Black identity/family/ curriculum development

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas--"Dr. Ty"         Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe! The author of three books, including the soon to be released project: “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity...


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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 200...


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Kelvin Jones

KT Jones is a Branding and Marketing expert. He has seen it all. He is the go to guy for Entrepreneurship/Business /Politics and Life.

Kelvin Jones         Kelvin has been involved in the Marketing, Business Development, Public Relations and Promotional merchandising industry for over 15 years. He is an expert in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Branding. He attended Benedict College in Columbia S.C. where he excelled in the Men’s basketball program and received (dual degrees..) in Marketing and Public Relations.He entered the professional ranks in the area of Marketing...


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Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe

Dynamic speaker who speaks to the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, on subjects that matter most: faith, leadership, team synergy, as well as race & culture.

Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe         Goodloe was born in South Central Los Angeles, in the city of Compton, California. He attended Centennial High School and was offered full-athletic scholarships from multiple universities around the nation; he selected the University of New Mexico. Goodie was active in student and local government, serving as student regent and student body president in college, as well as a regional coordinator for a nat...


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Dr. Deborah Stroman

Sports Entrepreneur and Marketing Leadership Professor at UNC Chapel HIll.

Deborah L. Stroman, PhD CLU         Dr. Stroman, an enthusiastic educator and entrepreneur, is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Director of Sport Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement assignment at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Highly motivated to share her journey and life lessons, Dr. Stroman is a national speaker on topics such as leadership, ent...


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Boyd Melson         Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson isn’t your prototypical pugilist. He’s a college graduate, well mannered, articulate and most importantly, fights for more than a paycheck; he battles for a cause.Born was born to a French Creole father and an Israeli-Polish mother resulting in Melson’s unique ethnic background and upbringing being that of African American, Native American, and European Jewish. Melson played basketball as a yo...


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