Athletes Who Motivate, Lead, & Inspire

Imagine the excitement you’ll create for your attendees by having an athlete or coach tell their story of overcoming adversity or what it takes for a team be champions. This often helps inspire leaders and teams to create a winning culture. Below is a short list to get you start started with your search.

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1. Walter Bond

Walter Bond, motivational speaker
  • Team Building Speakers
  • Motivational
  • Leadership Speakers
  • Basketball/ NBA

2. Dara Torres

Dara Torres
  • Sports Announcers
  • Women In Sports
  • Motivational
  • Swimming

3. Amy Purdy

Speaker Amy Purdy
  • Leadership and Inspiration
  • Olympians
  • TED Conference
  • Adventurers

4. Chaunté Lowe

Chaunte Lowe Keynote Speaker
  • Olympians
  • People of Color
  • Resilience
  • Motivational Speakers

5. Joe Theismann

NFL Joe Theismann
  • Hot Sports Speakers
  • Virtual Keynote Speakers

6. Vince Poscente

  • Goal Setting
  • Achievement
  • Winter Sports
  • Olympians

7. Gian Paul Gonzalez

Motivational Speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez
  • Leadership and Inspiration
  • Hot Motivational Speakers
  • Campus & University
  • Hispanic/ Latino

8. Darren Woodson

Keynote Darren Woodsen
  • Business Entrepreneurship
  • Team Building Speakers
  • Motivational
  • NFL Speakers

9. Derek Daly

  • Motivational
  • Leadership Speakers
  • Storytelling
  • Auto Racing

10. Devon Harris

Devon Harris
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Military
  • Winter Sports
  • Olympians

Learn Various Ways Athletes Can be Presented

Q&A (Questions and Answers; sit-down chat). This kind of method can be a little less formal and make the athlete feel comfortable and open up to tell those great stories about the football game going into overtime, or the controversial 9th inning decision that changed the team’s destiny. With the help of a great moderator, the athlete can be guided to share the great memories, the high inspiring moments of their career and the journey that the life of sports has taken them.


Top Athlete Motivational Speakers. Athletes make great motivational speakers as they are filled with inspiring stories of overcoming great odds to win the game. They possess a unique ability that gets the audience up from their seats believing their own mountain can be climbed (no matter how big). Sometimes people need a spark to jumpstart their attitude and performance.

Think about this … when you feel good about yourself, you will want to do better at your job and with your personal life. Why else does a coach give a speech before the big game? To get everyone’s mind focused and energized to perform their best.

This is why sports figures have traditionally been some of the most requested speakers for opening and closing general session keynote speeches. Kick off your meeting with a bang, or close it with memorable words that will inspire your employees.


Top Athlete Business and Leadership Speakers. Who knows how to leader better than current or former athletes or coaches? After all, these top athletes have lead their teams to victories. They understand what it takes to be successful.They know what to do when it’s fourth down, 3 seconds left and they need a touchdown.

This is why professional athletes are perfect for speaking to business groups. They know how to identify the needs of the team; which people are playmakers; understand the importance of team building; making smart decisions; keeping cool under pressure, and striving to be the best. Sports and business analogies are very similar — it’s a bottom-line world, and the only thing that matters is performance and winning (beating competitors).


Professional Athlete appearances. What attracts a crowd better than an professional athlete appearance. Whether you’re having a grand opening, educational function, or a major event and celebration, having the perfect sports figure there can add tons of excitement and attendance. This is a great opportunity for attendees to take pictures and sign autographs of their favorite sports heros — providing a memory that will last a lifetime.


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