Sports Stars

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, having amassed 38,387 points over a 20-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Since retiring from the game, the man who perfected the “skyhook” has become a speaker, author, film-maker, and educator. On January 18th, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed Abdul-Jabbar as a Global Cultural Ambassador.

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Melvin Adams

Melvin Adams has been an NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor and member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotter. He is currently a communicator and entertainer. His energetic and engaging presentation style make him a favorite for events of all kinds.

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Troy Aikman

One of the most popular players in NFL history, Troy Aikman has been extraordinarily successful throughout his entire life. A collegiate All-American, NFL All-Pro, Super Bowl MVP, NFL Man of the Year and Hall of Famer, Aikman’s achievements are legendary. As a speaker, Troy brings that same passion to his audiences as he shares the principles and lessons that have propelled him to personal and professional excellence.

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Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti and his twin brother, Aldo, were born in Montona, Italy. World War II broke out around the time they were born, in February 1940. When the war ended, the peninsula of Istria, where Montona was located, became part of Yugoslavia. So they were trapped inside a Communist country. For seven years, from 1948 to 1955, the family lived in a refugee camp. They waited several years for U.S. visas.

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Jennifer Azzi

Jennifer Azzi has won an NCAA Basketball Championship at Stanford University, and was honored with both the Naismith and Wade Trophies. She is an Olympic Gold Medalist and is regarded as one of the best players to ever play the game of basketball. As the Salt Lake Tribune expressed, "Jennifer Azzi is no doubt the best fit athlete to play the sport of basketball, male or female."

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Ian Baker-Finch

Ian Baker-Finch grew up in a small farming area on the Sunshine Coast, 50 miles north of Brisbane, Australia. The youngest of 6 children, he played all sports, like most young Australians, but fell in love with golf at an early age. By the age of 15, Baker-Finch had won many junior titles, including The Gary Player Classic and the Queensland School Boys title twice and decided to pursue a career in professional golf. At 18 years of age, after a 3 year apprenticeship with the Australian PGA program, he joined The Australian Tour.

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Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard made her first Olympic swimming appearance in 1996 at the age of 14. Beard won one gold and two silver medals at that first Olympic Games and has been a strong competitor since. She went on to win a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze at the next two Olympic Games. Beard is the winner of eight national titles and is a former world record holder.

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Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork as outlined in his keynote presentation featuring, "The Vowels of Success," which highlights easy to remember motivational tips. A much traveled and well experienced speaker, Bench would be a great addition to your event. Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork as outlined in his keynote presentation featuring, "The Vowels of Success," which highlights easy to remember motivational tips. A much traveled and well experienced speaker, Bench would be a great addition to your event.

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Len Berman

Len Berman is an Emmy Award-Winning Sportscaster, Sportscaearster of the Year. Berman is the former weekday evening sports anchor for WNBC-TV. One of the industry's most popular television sports figures, Berman was voted by his peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as the 2003 New York "Sportscaster of the Year," an honor he also received in 2001, 1998, 1995 and 1994. Berman currently contributes monthly to NBC's Today Show.

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Brian Billick

An expert motivator, NFL coach and strategist, for over 30 years Brian Billick has demonstrated an exceptional ability to take individual players to their highest potential, while keeping his teams unified and focused. Billick is a FOX NFL Analyst, NFL Network Contributor and Former Super Bowl-winning Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens (1999-2007). From 1999-2007, Billick served as the head coach of the Ravens, a new franchise with the youngest players in NFL history. In his first year as head coach, Billick guided the Ravens to their first non-losing season (8-8) in 1999. In 2000, he led the Ravens to a decisive 34-7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants.

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Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair is an Olympic champion and an overall a inspirational individual. Success under pressure is the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time. Bonnie Blair is undoubtedly celebrated as the speedskater who produces her best performances when it counts the most.

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Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier's life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century. The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. Some of those lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, Fighting Back, and an ABC-TV movie of the week by the same name.

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Mike Bossy

A Hall of Famer, fluent in English and French, Mike Bossy has many years experience in media, public relations, motivational speaking, marketing and business development in several industries including manufacturing, financial services and technology. Speaking from a personal record of high achievement, Bossy offers informed and entertaining presentations on what it takes today to create a winning competitive strategy.

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Jose Canseco

Born in Cuba, Jose Canseco’s family fled the country when he was a baby to a better life in Miami. By the time he was 20, Canseco began to scale the heights of the American Dream as a minor-league baseball player in the Oakland A’s system. A vow to his dying mother to become the “best athlete on the planet” led to early experimentation with steroids and human growth hormone. Over time Canseco’s vast knowledge of performance enhancing drugs earned him the notorious title “Godfather of Steroids” and a storied career in pro baseball. In the end, he was held up as an example, shut out of the League just shy of a spot in the Hall of Fame.

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Seth Davis

Seth Davis joined CBS Sports in 2003 as a contributor for At The Half, the Network's halftime show during regular-season basketball coverage. Now an analyst for At The Half, he is also a contributor for CBS Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Since 2004, Davis has also served as an analyst for CBS Sports Network (formerly CSTV) and is currently host of “Courtside with Seth Davis”. He is Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and has contributed to the magazine's Golf Plus since 1995.

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George Dom

Former blue angels flight leader and commanding officer who shares the essence of becoming a high-trust leader and building world-class teams. George Dom is a former naval officer and aviator with a career that included key leadership positions in high performance organizations, including four aircraft carrier fighter squadrons and commander of the air wing of the USS John F. Kennedy. He also was an instructor/pilot at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun) and commanding officer/flight leader of the Blue Angels. After leaving active duty, Dom became a business aviation consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, private companies and high net-worth Individuals.

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Terry Dozier

Terry has been mentoring for more than 16 years and is the founder of the “Men of Standard” men’s mentoring group, which provides young and adult men a forum to discuss, share and address relevant topics for achieving a fulfilled Christian life based on biblical exploration and application.

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Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky’s story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988 Dravecky was at the top of his game and life. Not only did he have a wonderful family but he was reaching his all-star peak playing the game of his childhood dreams. His 5-1 opening day victory over the Dodgers was overshadowed later that fall by the discovery of cancer and the removal of half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm. For baseball fans worldwide Dave Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989.

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Mike Eruzione

Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the US Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. It was his decisive winning goal that beat the Soviet team and stunned the world. That victory against the Soviets advanced the US Hockey Team to the gold medal game where they beat Finland.

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Janet Evans

Janet Evans, three-time Olympian and four-time individual Olympic gold medalist, is considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time. At the end of her swimming career, Janet Evans retired her swimming career with seven world records, five Olympic medals, and 45 U.S. national titles. Janet Evans had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch at the Opening Ceremony Summer Olympics, handing the torch to boxing legend Muhammad Ali to light the cauldron.

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Vonetta Flowers

In the 2002 Olympics, Vonetta Flowers and teammate Jill Bakken were gold medalists in the two-woman bobsled event. She is the first-ever African American athlete to win a Winter Olympics gold medal. Her book, Running On Ice: The Overcoming Faith of Vonetta Flowers, tells the story of how she went from a track and field athlete to an Olympic gold medalist.

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George Foreman

Two-Time Heavyweight Champion Boxer & Entrepreneur He's one of the most recognizable faces in the world. A world heavyweight champion. The force behind one of the biggest and most successful brands. A transformative personality who has been knocked down, but not out, only to rise again in his life. He's George Foreman. There are few people who have re-invented themselves more effectively and with more passion. Rising up from a hardscrabble youth to become a champion, only to lose it all, Foreman knows the power of getting a second and even third chance in life. He went from broke and disheartened to fight again, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing.

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Ruben Gonzalez

Winter Olympian with an Inspiring Story

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Greg Gumbel

Emmy Award-Winning Sportscaster, CBS Sports, Greg Gumbel's standout work in the busy world of sports broadcasting has made his face, his name, and his voice as familiar as any in the industry. Across almost 40 years in the business, Gumbel has become one of the most outstanding and best known announcers in sports television. In the fall, he teams with his partner Dan Dierdorf to call exciting NFL play-by-play action across the country on CBS.

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Mia Hamm

An extraordinary athlete, Mia Hamm has recently turned the athletic world on its head. Along with her teammates on the gold medal winning U.S. 1996 Summer Olympic Women's Soccer Team, Hamm has caused an explosion in the number of women soccer players. The 5-foot-5 Hamm has made the extraordinary seem ordinary all her life. A gifted athlete as a child, she played baseball, basketball- even football. "I was one of the guys," Hamm recalls. Then she gave her heart, and legs, to soccer.

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Shawn Harper

Life coach and former NFL Player, Shawn Harper is regarded as one of the top up and coming motivational and inspirational speakers in the country. Former NFL Player and MTV Made Coach, he rose from childhood poverty to become a success in business as Owner of American Services and Protection, a top full-service minority owned security firm in the Midwest. Harper’s story of rags to riches will captivate you, showing you that it truly is possible to overcome all obstacles.

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Brent Jones

Former National Football League star, Brent Jones, speaks promoting Christian principles in the marketplace. The three-time Super Bowl champion is best known for playing tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. In his twelve year career, he has been a four-time All-Pro NFL performer and received the prestigious Bart Starr Award in 1998. Jones was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for both Division I and II. His brilliant career came to an abrupt end in January 1998 when he tore his calf muscle during a game. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to become a successful NFL pro, but…I discovered there was more to life than sports."

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Roxanne Jones

Founding Editor of ESPN the Magazine and Senior Vice President of ESPN, Roxanne Jones joined ESPN in 1997. She is one of the founding editors of The Magazine that now boasts more than 14.7 million readers and three ASME awards for General Excellence.

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Tommy Lasorda

Regarded by many as baseball's most popular ambassador, Tommy Lasorda begins his 63rd season with the Dodgers and his seventh as special advisor to the chairman. He was named vice president in 1996 after retiring as manager, a position he had held for the previous 20 seasons. Lasorda assumed all player personnel responsibilities when he was named the Dodgers' interim general manager in June 1998. He relinquished his general manager duties when he was promoted to senior vice president in September 1998.

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Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi Jr. has a clear and inspiring message to share about the qualities found in people who perform their very best. It is a message that stems from a lifetime of experience and observation. As the son of the late Vince T. Lombardi—remembered as one of the greatest football coaches in the history of the game—Lombardi’s early years were spent in an environment that emphasized personal achievement.

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Mike Ditka

Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2004. With a combined 26 years of playing and head coaching experience, Ditka brings savvy insights as an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown and makes regular appearances on ESPN Radio and SportsCenter. Ditka contributes to ESPN's annual Super Bowl week coverage and also served as a game analyst during ESPN's Monday Night Football.

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Billy Mills

Billy Mills overcame these odds and won the Gold Medal in the 10,000 Meter Run. His victory is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, and some have stated that his performance at Tokyo was the greatest achievement in modern times. Since the 1964 Olympics, Billy Mills has shared how he pursued excellence in the world of sports with corporations, associations, universities, and schools. He has inspired thousands of individuals globally to reach within the depths of their capabilities and perform to the greatest of their potential to the betterment of human kind.

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Anthony Munoz

Anthony Munoz is one of Cincinnati's true sports icons. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Munoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in professional football. An eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. Since retiring, Anthony and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates.

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Martina Navratilova

A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor, and sheer motivation. Arguably the best tennis player ever to play the game, Navratilova has amassed an unmatched number of professional records during a career that spanned an amazing four decades, while proving herself to be one of the most intriguing, outspoken and respected figures of the 20th century – and now the 21st century.

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Dave Pallone

Dave Pallone worked 18 years as a professional umpire; 10 of those years with the National Baseball League. As the third youngest umpire in baseball history, he demonstrated courage, professionalism and the ability to withstand adversity through many of baseball′s high profile controversial events.Dave is the author of the 1990 New York Time′s best-selling autobiography, Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball, which offers a revealing look at baseball through the eyes of a gay man.

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Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer is the only American League Hall of Fame pitcher to have won the Cy Young Award three times. As a boy, Palmer always demonstrated an interest and talent in sports. Although he was offered a scholarship to play basketball for UCLA, he signed with the Orioles in 1963 as a free agent, a wise decision that eventually brought him superstar status.

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Andy Pettitte

"Pitching in the World Series was a thrilling experience, but the most exciting event in my life was when I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior." Andy Pettitte has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, winning five World Series championships with the Yankees. A three-time All-Stars player, Pettitte ranks as Major League Baseball's all-time postseason wins leader with 19. Pettitte this season passed Hall of Famer Whitey Ford for the Yankees' all-time strikeouts.

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Daniel Ruettiger

Against all odds, under Indiana's famed "Golden Dome," Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his name into the history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of fourteen children, Ruettiger rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success.

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Deion Sanders

FL Network Analyst; Former Cornerback in the NFL; Former MLB Outfielder. Perhaps the most versatile and gifted athlete to ever grace any sports field, Deion Sanders turned heads and earned much applause for his stunning dual performances during the late 1990s as both a huge presence as a cornerback in the National Football League while simultaneously playing as an outfielder for the Major Baseball League. No wonder he acquired the nicknames “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion.”

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Lynn St. James

Named “one of the top 100 female athletes of the century” by Sports Illustrated, Lyn St. James has set 31 national and international speed records and succeeded in the sport of auto racing at levels unparalleled by any other woman. As a competitor in the world′s largest sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, St. James masterfully drove her way to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1992. With six-Indy 500′s to her credit, St. James has competed in more of these prestigious events than any other woman in the race′s 82-year history.

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Joe Torre

Joe Torre is Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations. In this capacity, he oversees areas that include Major League operations, on-field operations, on-field discipline, and umpiring. He serves as the Office of the Commissioner's primary liaison to the general managers and field managers of the 30 Major League clubs regarding all baseball and on-field matters. Since December 2009, he has served on the Commissioner's Special Committee for On-Field Matters.

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Hines Ward

Hines Ward is perhaps the greatest wide receiver in Steelers' history and certainly the best blocking wide receiver in NFL history. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion; the MVP of Super Bowl XL; a four-time pro bowler; the all-time team leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns; the only receiver in Steelers history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for four straight seasons; was named to the Steelers' 75th Season All-Time Team; and owns every receiving record in franchise history.

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Kurt Warner

Two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion. Kurt Warner finished the 1999-2000 NFL season with a 414-yard performance in Super Bowl XXXIV, shattering Joe Montana's Super Bowl-record 357 passing yards. Not only did that performance lead the St. Louis Rams past the Tennessee Titans, it earned him Super Bowl MVP honors as well. During the regular 1999-2000 season, Warner amassed 4,353 yards, 41 touchdowns, and a 109.1 passer rating - quite a feat for a guy who was bagging groceries a few years earlier.

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Venus Williams

Venus Williams entered the pro ranks of the Women's Tennis Association when she was 14 years old. Soon, the whole world was watching her rack up 43 WTA Tour titles and three Olympic Gold medals, break the record for fastest serve ever recorded (129 mph), and compete in the longest finals match in Wimbledon history (two hours and 45 minutes).

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Steve Young

Steve Young built his fame as the record-setting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers…but he is also a licensed attorney, an acclaimed motivational speaker, a sought-after corporate spokesperson, a supporter of numerous charities and foundations and—most importantly—a dedicated husband and a proud, doting dad.

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