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

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

Jalen Rose          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 Sch...

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Stephen A Smith

ESPN TV (First Take) and radio personality (mid-day show in NYC) as well as an 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 In March 2003, he was promoted to Gene...

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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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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, 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        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, com...

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Teddy Williams

NFL Player who shares "You Are Destined for Greatness" with youth across country

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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Nevil Shed

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

“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 how- with the gam...

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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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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ V.Y.Z.I.O.N. Strategist, Speaker, Life Coach, and 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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Gregory Moore

Sports Executive, Author and Attorney.

Gregory Moore        As one of only five African-American NCAA Commissioners in the United States, and a licensed attorney, Gregory Moore brings a unique and almost singular perspective with respect to the intersection of law, race and the economics of intercollegiate athletics. Commissioner Moore became the fourth full time Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), an NCAA Athletic Conference based in Atl...

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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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Rodney Collins

Dynamic speaker with unique ability to deliver a relevant, compelling and life changing message that crosses generational boundaries inspiring people to live out their purpose.

Rodney Collins         Rodney has traveled the world providing a life changing message in the United States, West Africa, and South America. He has (20) years of experience in both the For-Profit and Non-Profit arena as a Management Professional strategically mobilizing teams and providing expertise in aligning company missions and outcomes to meet vital community initiatives.He has a proven track record of successfully collaborating across organ...

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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 i...

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Richard Joseph         Rich Joseph is a certified personal trainer and a sports performance coach. Holding a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, Rich’s training began in 2011 at a local community gym, where he became floor manager, educating members on how to use the gym for optimal results.Inspired by the atmosphere and the opportunity to help others look and feel their best, Rich became an independent teacher-trainer committed to br...

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