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Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.