Need to hire a sports speaker? Here’s our list of the Top 10 Trending Sports Speakers of the year in 2014!
Mike Ditka: He’s a football legend- and an active one at that. Sports Speaker Mike’s long list of endorsement deals, speaking engagements and charity involvement this year might lead some to believe he was still a prominent coach in the league! The fact of the matter is that Mike Ditka and his signature cut and dry personality will never get old. To no surprise, his fame has outlasted his career as a coach and given him the opportunity to become a touted celebrity guest speaker and brand ambassador.
Michele Roberts: Glass ceiling? Maybe on her Mercedes. The first female head of a North American professional sports union Michele Roberts was a trailblazer for women in sports business in 2014. She sees no disadvantage in working in an industry that is dominated by male owners and agents. Just months into her tenure, she has wasted no time in making sure the NBA realizes just how important the players really are to the profitability of the league. Michele is an inspirational sports speaker who will challenge her audience to exceed their own expectations and perceived abilities.
Jason Collins: 2014 was hounded by a whirlwind of social issues that inevitably impacted many professional sports leagues including the NBA. Free Agent center Jason Collins was at the forefront of the movement to eradicate homophobia and wrongful discrimination from the professional ranks, becoming the first openly gay player ever to play in the NBA. Motivational Sports Speaker Jason helped pave the way for other homosexual athletes including Missouri’s Michael Sam to pursue their life goals unabashed by stereotypes and discrimination for their sexual orientation. We can all learn a lesson from Jason and his story about finding confidence in ourselves.
Tim Howard: Soccer is alive again in America, and U.S. Men’s National team goalie Tim Howard is a huge reason for it. Despite the crushing Belgium defeat, his summer heroics in goal for the U.S. was some of the best goal-keeping in the history of U.S. international play. He was the player of the year for the U.S. in 2014, but even bigger than that was his ability to inspire hope in U.S. soccer fans a la the team’s former beloved captain, Landon Donovan. It has become increasingly apparent that U.S. national sports heroes will fit the bill and inspire audiences at sports themed events as well as business conferences.
Derek Jeter: To the dismay of fans far and wide, Major League Baseball had to say goodbye to a crowning jewel this year. Even Red Sox fans had to set aside their differences and tip their caps to the incredible career put together by the Bronx Bombers fearless leader Derek Jeter. In true Captain form, he won his last game at Yankee Stadium with a walk-off single against the AL East leading Orioles. His career accolades speak for themselves, but it’s the way that he carried himself that makes him such a great role model for his peers and fans alike.
Becky Hammon: This student of the game has become the teacher! It has been lights, camera, action since Sports Speakers Becky joined Gregg Popovich’s staff with the Reigning World Champion Spurs back in August. She has worked her way seamlessly into the Spurs family and was awarded the inaugural espnW Woman of the Year award this week. Hiring a sports speaker doesn’t have to be a spur of the moment decision, but this Spur is certainly living out her moment and yours for the choosing!
Sage Kotsenburg: 21-year-old snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg dropped out of the sky and into the record books this past February in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. got off to an early head start after Sage “holy crail’ed” his way into the first Gold Medal awarded at the Games and the first Olympic medal ever awarded in the event of snowboard slopestyle. This year he’s the king of the snow, but he will forever be known as an American hero. Hire Sage Kotsenburg as a sports speaker to inspire your audience to reach new heights!
Richard Sherman: There’s no doubt the self-proclaimed best corner in the league wears his heart on his sleeve. The public got a front row seat to the Richard Sherman show this year but don’t misinterpret his confidence as arrogance! Sports Speaker Richard is a team player and a leader who understands how influential his role can be as a professional athlete. His genuinely good-natured approach to life outside of competition on the football field makes for a thrilling guest keynote speech!
Meryl Davis: Olympian and Sports Speaker Meryl Davis is a real life ice princess who skated her way through a big 2014. Her Gold Medal moment in Sochi with partner Charlie White was only the beginning, taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and wrapping up the year as the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year. There could hardly be a more gracious winner than this tiny dancer!
Peyton Manning: The seemingly superhuman powers of Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson were too much to overcome in Super Bowl XLVIII, but Denver’s veteran gunslinger came back ready to play this season. His temperamental neck injury wasn’t enough to keep the future Hall of Famer delivered his 509th TD pass to pass Brett Favre for most TD passes on the all-time list. Once again, the NFL season is coming to a close and Peyton has positioned the Broncos to challenge for the Super Bowl title once more. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more humble motivational sports speaker than this NFL great.