Basketball Motivational Speakers – Top Trending List – December 5

As the college football season comes to an exciting close, many sports fans are shifting their focus to the hardwood. College basketball and the familiar TV personalities that bring the season to life will soon take center stage and now is the perfect time to hire basketball motivational speakers to excite guests at your upcoming sports ceremony, fundraiser or corporate event. Below are the top trending college basketball personalities who serve as motivational sports speakers away from the court:

hire-jay-bilasJay Bilas: ESPN analyst and former Duke standout Jay Bilas is a no-brainer when it comes to hiring college basketball motivational speakers to share their experiences at special events and sports ceremonies. He is a former 4-year starter under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski who enjoyed a brief career in the NBA before coming back to the college game as a color-commentator and featured analyst. Jay is an intelligent, entertaining and recognizable sports figure whose name has become synonymous with college basketball.

hire-dick-vitaleDick Vitale: Where would the game of college basketball be without the iconic Dickie V? Dick Vitale brings the same type of excitement to corporate events and sports ceremonies that he does to every game he covers. Most recently, Dick was hired by Middle Tennessee State University to keynote their annual basketball tip off celebration. He spoke about his experiences traveling and covering basketball but he also spoke at length about the game of life and the important character traits and values we should all strive to possess.

sports-speaker-bill-waltonBill Walton: College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and animated color-commentator Bill Walton has been a slam dunk at recent speaking events this fall. At the beginning of November, he was hired by St. John’s University for a moderated conversation at their annual basketball fundraising dinner. Players, university members and supporters packed The Metropolitan Club to hear Walton talk about his experiences as a player and broadcaster, his adventurous nature as well as the lessons he learned from legendary head coach John Wooden. You’re in for a treat when you hire Bill Walton to keynote your special event or corporate conference!

hire bill rafteryBill Raftery: Former St. John’s head coach and CBS color-commentator Bill Raftery acted as emcee of this year’s Evening with St. John’s Basketball fundraiser event. In addition to his own remarks, he moderated conversations with Bill Walton and a group of former St. John’s coaches. Raftery was also chosen to keynote Columbia University’s tip off celebration ceremony on November 4th. As a keynote speaker and event host, Bill likes to shares his life lessons and experiences he’s learned as a coach on the sidelines and a casual observer in the press box.

Sports Keynote Speaker Jay WilliamsJay Williams: Jay’s story is somewhat different than the rest of these talented basketball motivational speakers on our list. Now a well-versed analyst for ESPN, Jay was an all-star caliber player in his own right before a motorcycle accident ended his NBA career prematurely. His new memoir published this year highlights his key message of reinvention and finding inner strength in the face of life’s uncertainties. Jay is a truly inspirational individual who isn’t afraid to share his own struggles to help motivate others to grow their own confidence and ambition.

Sports Motivational Speaker Greg GumbelGreg Gumbel: CBS Sports anchor Greg Gumbel will once again be at the center of the playoff madness come tourney time next March. He has worked as the lead studio host for CBS coverage of the NCAA Tournament since 1998 and appears throughout the season as a featured program host. In October, Greg was hired as a featured keynote speaker for Centerstate Corporation’s sports-themed Business Showcase event and Economic Champions luncheon. His schedule is quickly filling up for the first few months of 2017, don’t miss your shot to hire Greg Gumbel for your event!

hire digger phelpsDigger Phelps: With his flashy ties and matching highlighters, college basketball personality, cancer survivor and motivational speaker Digger Phelps was a staple on College Game Day coverage during his broadcasting career with ESPN. Many will also remember Digger as the longstanding head coach of Notre Dame where he tied the record for most victories against #1 teams with 7 wins over his 20-year career with the Fighting Irish. He is a beloved member of the college basketball community who would make a great addition to the starting lineup at your upcoming sports ceremony, fundraiser or other special event.

hire dana jacobsonDana Jacobson: After 10 memorable years with the ESPN family of networks, renowned sports broadcaster Dana Jacobson joined CBS Sports in January of 2013. She covers a variety of sports for the network including working as a sideline reporter and correspondent for college basketball and the NBA as well as the NFL. She is a regular contributor to NFL Today and appears as a featured co-host on the Gracie Award winning all-female sports talk show We Need to Talk airing weekly. If you’re searching for top female sports speakers to hire for your corporate conference or special event, Dana Jacobson should be at the top of your list!

hire clark kelloggClark Kellogg: Clark is a former college and NBA star who now appears as the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports. After recurring knee problems cut his promising NBA career short, Clark worked as an analyst and color-commentator for ESPN and the Big East Network before joining the CBS Sports team full time in 1997. He is best recognized for his NCAA Tournament work, giving a voice to magical March Madness moments as a color-commentator and featured studio host with Greg Gumbel and Seth Davis. Hire Clark Kellogg for you event if you’re looking for basketball motivational speakers with stories and life lessons from the college and professional level.

hire tracy wolfsonTracy Wolfson: Tracy is another familiar CBS Sports personality who has truly shown her versatility as a professional sportscaster covering a variety of different sports and important tournament games over the course of her career. This past March, Tracy was utilized as the featured sideline reporter for NCAA Tournament games airing on TBS. As a mother of 3, Tracy understands the importance of good work-life balance and is a highly-requested female keynote speaker for women’s conferences, sports forums and other special events.

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