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Thurl Bailey

Thurl Bailey

Keynote Speaker: Former NBA Player & Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster; Singer-Songwriter and Author of "Team of Destiny"

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Thurl Bailey Biography

Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments, from the youth to the corporate world. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change.

Twice Bailey has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team which beat the famed University of Houston Cougars. That national championship game was selected by Sports Illustrated as the greatest sports ending in the 20th century.

Bailey’s new book, "Team of Destiny," chronicles that incredible journey and teaches readers how his coach Jim Valvano led a group of passionate young men to be the best team in college basketball and what it takes to develop a “Championship Mindset”.

Because of Bailey’s outstanding leadership skills and the quality of his character, as well as his impressive basketball skills, he was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the N. B.A. Draft. Bailey spent twelve of his sixteen-year professional basketball career in the NBA, and four years playing overseas, in Italy and Greece. His courtesy and integrity both on and off the court and his strong sense of community service have led to numerous civic awards and earned him the nickname "NBA's Mr. Nice Guy".

When you meet Bailey, you first notice a 7 feet tall athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. Bailey is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. Among his many musical awards are the 2000 Pearl Awards of Best Contemporary Recording and Best New Artist of the Year.

His other awards include the NBA's prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award and The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award.

Bailey and his wife Sindi have 3 children, and make their home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Thurl Bailey Speaking Topics

Will The Real MVP Please Stand

By applying the lessons that Thurl illustrates, your people can learn to play for the team's victory not just for their own glory. He teaches audiences to understand everyone's role, such as when to step in when needed, and how to fall back into position - all aimed at helping the whole team win.

Don’t Pass The Buck – Pass The Ball!

Learn from the examples Thurl shares about how leaders are needed in every position on the court. Learn that a winning game plan requires every team member to be a team leader on every play. Learn the steps to allow leadership to flourish in your organization.

Our Winning Defied All Logic

Twice Thurl's teams have come from far behind to win national championships. Your corporate team can do the same. No matter what the obstacles are, or what the 'experts' say, your organization can learn tested principles about accomplishing goals.

What Matters Most

What are the elements of power? of satisfaction? On the court, in the boardroom, or in the family room the issues are the same. The keys to incredible effectiveness lie in underrated values: fair play, honesty, trust, integrity, and respect. Learn and laugh with Thurl's short tales and tall truths and discover what matters most to you.

Thurl Bailey Videos

Thurl Bailey discusses NC State's 2024 Final Four Run
NC State Legend Thurl Bailey's Detailed Description Of The 1983 Game Winner
Thurl Bailey UPHCA Utah Plumbing Presentation

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Speaking fees for Thurl Bailey, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Thurl Bailey are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and Below $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Thurl Bailey, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Thurl Bailey speak about?

Thurl Bailey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Basketball, Athlete, Sports Journalism & Broadcasting, Black Heritage, Diversity & Inclusion and Sports.

Where does Thurl Bailey travel from?

Thurl Bailey generally travels from Salt Lake City, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Thurl Bailey?

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Thurl Bailey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Basketball, Athlete and Sports Journalism & Broadcasting. The estimated speaking fee range to book Thurl Bailey for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Thurl Bailey generally travels from Salt Lake City, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rudy Ruettiger, Muggsy Bogues and Shawn Harper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Thurl Bailey for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 16/07/2024.

Thurl Bailey Speaking Topics

  • Will The Real MVP Please Stand

    By applying the lessons that Thurl illustrates, your people can learn to play for the team's victory not just for their own glory. He teaches audiences to understand everyone's role, such as when to step in when needed, and how to fall back into position - all aimed at helping the whole team win.

  • Don’t Pass The Buck – Pass The Ball!

    Learn from the examples Thurl shares about how leaders are needed in every position on the court. Learn that a winning game plan requires every team member to be a team leader on every play. Learn the steps to allow leadership to flourish in your organization.

  • Our Winning Defied All Logic

    Twice Thurl's teams have come from far behind to win national championships. Your corporate team can do the same. No matter what the obstacles are, or what the 'experts' say, your organization can learn tested principles about accomplishing goals.

  • What Matters Most

    What are the elements of power? of satisfaction? On the court, in the boardroom, or in the family room the issues are the same. The keys to incredible effectiveness lie in underrated values: fair play, honesty, trust, integrity, and respect. Learn and laugh with Thurl's short tales and tall truths and discover what matters most to you.

Thurl Bailey Videos

Thurl Bailey discusses NC State's 2024 Final Four Run
NC State Legend Thurl Bailey's Detailed Description Of The 1983 Game Winner
Thurl Bailey UPHCA Utah Plumbing Presentation
Granger High School Virtual Assembly Featuring Thurl Bailey

Thurl Bailey Reviews

  • Utah Valley University - Nov 28 2023

  • Finicity - Nov 30 2020

  • The whole team was great to work with and having Thurl, a local legend, couldn't have been more fun for our agents. Our only feedback would be to offer more options for those on a lower budget. For our smaller/state meetings our budget is typically 5-6K for our speaker and it is very difficult for us to find someone in that price range.
    Farm Bureau Financial Services - Feb 26 2018

  • “We have had many performers in the past, but none with the charisma and interaction with the audience that Thurl had.”
    Simmons Media Group - Jul 29 2015

  • “Everyone in attendance was truly touched by the words that were spoken, I felt uplifted as a person and know that] can overcome any challenges that come my way.”
    Utah League of Credit Unions - Jul 29 2015

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