It is truly inspiring how the stories and lessons learned from sports and their greatest stars can serve as a roadmap to success for others in work and in life. Below is our inspirational sports speaker list highlighting top motivational sports speakers who are speaking this month or have spoken at corporate events in the last month. Contact Sports Speakers Bureau today to hire inspirational sports speakers from our list below or another sports legend from our complete database of top sports speakers!
Abby Wambach: USA Women’s Soccer legend Abby Wambach has nothing to hide. She’s real. She has always worn her heart on her sleeve and she’s not shy about her public battles with substance abuse and other off-field issues. Abby has recently published an open, honest tell-all memoir and is using her own personal struggles and triumphs to inspire others as an inspirational sports speaker at corporate events and university speaker series. Her most recent keynote address came at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women where she discussed disrupting sports and being a role model to women and young girls all over the world.
Dr. Bennet Omalu: One of the most requested inspirational sports speakers this year is Dr. Bennet Omalu who’s research into concussions and the long-term effects of repeated brain trauma inspired the recent film Concussion starring Will Smith. Dr. Omalu is credited with discovering CTE in NFL players and recently received the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the medical field’s highest honors. But he didn’t succeed without facing naysayers and other challenges and his story of perseverance makes for a great keynote message at industry events and corporate conferences.
Jim Morris: Inspirational Sports Speaker Jim Morris was a humble, hard-working pitcher and high school teacher/baseball coach who never gave up on his dream to pitch in the MLB. His story served as the basis of the blockbuster film The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid which won an ESPY for Sports Film of the Year. Jim will be traveling to Kansas this week after being named the featured keynote sports speaker at the Kansas Agri Business Expo. His speaking topics include defining character, finding a mentor and becoming a leader.
Diana Nyad: Another inspirational story that can motivate audiences of all ages to achieve their goals is that of 67-year-old elite swimmer Diana Nyad. Diana battled the elements, her own doubts and serious sea dangers to set a swimming record as the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. As an inspirational sports speaker, Diana’s story of her relentless pursuit of her dreams despite failing 5 times before realizing them is an incredible message highlighting the power of the human spirit.
Kevin Plank: The founder and entrepreneurial genius behind one of the sports world’s most dominant athleticwear companies, Under Armour, was recently chosen as the inspirational sports speaker to headline the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual New York Deal Making Conference on December 5th. Under Armour’s meteoric rise to the top of the athleticwear space can be attributed to some key business strategies and visions for the company that Kevin shares as part of his keynote speech to corporations and industry leaders at internal meetings, industry trade shows and other special events.
Erin Andrews: Perhaps the most well-known female sportscaster and inspirational sports speakers in the business Erin Andrews is also a hot commodity when it comes to corporate marketing campaigns. Just a few weeks ago, Orangetheory Fitness announced Erin as the newest brand ambassador to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness. In the past few years, Erin has been a popular choice as a featured keynote speaker for women’s conferences, trade shows and other organizational events in search of an empowering female motivational speaker in the sports industry.
Tim Tebow: Heisman Trophy winner, college football analyst and Good Morning America correspondent Tim Tebow was just announced as the headlining keynote speaker for the Southern Produce Council’s annual conference and trade show in Orlando, Florida next March. Tim has shown himself to be an incredible role model on and off the field whose faith and empowering personality has motivated many across the country during his keynote speeches at sports banquets, trade shows, corporate conferences and other business events.
Mark Spitz: Iconic Olympian and legendary swimmer Mark Spitz will be delivering the keynote address at the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference in just a few weeks on December 1st. Mark was recently honored as a member of the Presidential Delegation representing the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mark’s primary speaking topics include lessons in leadership, the Olympic champion in everyone, and personal anecdotes from his Olympic journey that have made him the successful swimmer and entrepreneur he is today.
Michael Sam: Inspirational sports speaker Michael Sam was visiting the University of Lewisville the first week of November where he delivered a keynote speech about his own personal experiences with adversity and overcoming prejudice. Michael’s message of inclusion and self-confidence was a message of hope that inspired all in attendance. He is a role model to many, and a trailblazer for equality and positive change in society.
Tom Glavine: One of Major League Baseball’s most dominant southpaws and Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Glavine got the nod as the featured inspirational sports speaker at this year’s Hot Stove Banquet held in Charleston, South Carolina. The fundraising banquet also features a silent auction with proceeds going to local baseball programs in the area. Tom is a great choice for organizations hosting sports banquets, awards ceremonies, trade shows or other specail events with a sports theme.
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