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Some of sport’s most recognizable names and faces are available for speaking engagements. Top athletes offer insights on teamwork, overcoming adversity, motivation, perseverance, being the master of our own success, finding inner strength, goal-setting, and tenacity. They make great moderators, emcees, event hosts, and keynote speakers on inspiration and motivation.

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World-Class Blind Adventurer

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Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class adventurer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, and one of only 150 mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits. His latest and most demanding adventure is kayaking the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon. One of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world, he never let his lack of vision interfere with his quality of life. Weihenmayer’s feats have earned him incredible press coverage and dozens of awards. He is also the author of two books and addresses leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, motivation, and inspiration.
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AdventureInnovationInspiration & MotivationLeadershipPeak PerformanceTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & Commentators
1st Man to Attempt Jump off Mt Everest in a Wing Suit
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Joby Ogwyn is a world-renowned adventurer, high-altitude mountain climber, BASE jumper, and wing-suit explorer. He holds several world records and was the youngest American to first summit Mount Everest and then the “Seven Summits.” He shares jaw-dropping stories, videos, and photos of his adventures while igniting a passion to live and perform at the highest levels. His speeches are an inspiring and often hair-raising look inside his many feats, and he helps audiences embrace the principles that made them successful, including having a clear vision and committing fully to it.
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AdventureInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceRisk-TakersAthletes & Commentators
Ben Saunders, World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”
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AdventureInnovationInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsTED Speakers
US Men's National Soccer Team Goalkeeper
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Tim Howard is the record-setting, superstar goalie for the U.S. men’s national team and a three-time World Cup veteran. His memoir The Keeper will be released in December, and his powerful voice and big personality translate perfectly on stage as he motivates and inspires audiences with his stories of the highs and lows of his career, including his battles with Tourette’s.
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Inspiration & MotivationAthletes & Commentators
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Pioneering Female Sports Agent and CEO
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Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents.
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NegotiationSalesBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOsFemale Speakers

Founder of ESPN

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It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen completely changed the face of sports, and the face of television. His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, ESPN has become the worldwide leader in sports media. Rasmussen's determination, innovative outlook, and entrepreneurial spirit have led him to become a successful media figure, businessman, and best-selling author.

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Inspiration & MotivationAthletes & CommentatorsBusiness Leaders From Major Brands
Legendary NBA Player
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Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007 and since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention.
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Inspiration & MotivationAthletes & CommentatorsAfrican American Speakers

2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist & 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and...

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Amy Purdy had a typical childhood until losing her legs at 19 as a result of Meningitis, which has led to an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. Amy is the top ranked adaptive snowboarder in the US, a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboard winner, the 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, and the 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist. She is the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, young adults, and wounded veterans get involved with action sports, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, On My Own Two Feet. Amy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has been seen by millions of people and invited to share her story to audiences around the world.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Inspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceOvercoming AdversityAthletes & CommentatorsTED SpeakersFemale Speakers

Tennis Legend and Motivational Speaker

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A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova serves up motivation through her wit, determination, and candor as she addresses personal development while sharing amazing behind-the-scenes stories from her tennis career. Arguably the best tennis player ever to step on the court, she amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades. Knowing first-hand what it takes to overcome adversity and find success, she is a compelling advocate for active living and aggressive goal-setting.

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Diversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceFemale Speakers

Bring the Game Inside With a Motivational Sports Speaker


Our motivational sports speakers are naturals on both the playing field and the stage. And with the vast number of exceptional commentators and athletes we represent, you’re bound to score a home run with your audience. Sports that our professional athlete speakers and commentators represent include:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • NASCAR
  • And more!

Whether you’re in need of a Hall of Fame football player, a record-breaking explorer, or a seasoned coach or commentator, you can find them here. Our lineup of motivational sports speakers also includes Olympic and Paralympic medalists. With the motivation our speakers give your audience, your attendees will not only be inspired to tackle challenges they once thought impossible, they will also remember that it was your event that gave them the confidence and drive to change.

At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we’re all about “wowing” audiences. That’s why we take a consultative approach to matching your event with a motivational sports speaker that fits your budget, attendees, and theme. Start searching through our list of professional speakers — from basketball speakers to explorer speakers — today or contact us for more information!

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