Sports Stars

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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James Brown

James Brown

James Brown - JB - is the Host of The NFL Today on CBS, and “INSIDE THE NFL” on Showtime. Prior to returning to CBS Sports where he got his start in network television, he co-hosted “FOX NFL Sunday” on FOX for 12 years. Recently he was blessed to be named Special Correspondent for CBS News, contributing to various news programs including “60 Minutes”.

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Jose Canseco

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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Richie Contartesi

At 12 years old, Richie found a mentor who picked him up and showed him a formula to succeed in life, become the best he could be, and his life changed forever. Now, he does the same for other students. Richie struggled with goals, being bullying, anxiety, depression, and even had suicidal thoughts until he found his first passion, playing football, and turned that into a full D1 football scholarship at Ole Miss standing a staggering 5’7″ and a hefty 150 pounds.

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Seth Davis

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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Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast Dominique Dawes is a champion in life. Bursting into the international spotlight in 1992 as part of the bronze-medal winning women’s Olympic gymnastic team, she was the first African American gymnast to ever qualify and compete in an Olympic games. A three-time Olympian, “Awesome Dawesome” catapulted into stardom, winning more national championship medals than any other athlete, and is now the most decorated gymnast on the US women’s Olympic team. Since her Olympic glory, Dawes hasn’t rested on her laurels.

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George Dom

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 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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