No one understands perseverance and resiliency quite like an athlete. The pressures that accompany playing sports on a collegiate, professional, or international level seem to always bring out the best in star athletes, causing them to become forever immortalized in the public eye.
Within our list of the Top 20 Sports Motivational Speakers, we highlight the most captivating individuals who have left an indelible mark on the sports world through their remarkable stories and motivational prowess. Whether you're seeking a riveting keynote speaker for your next corporate event, an impactful voice to inspire your team, or simply seeking motivation from accomplished athletes, our carefully curated selection is sure to ignite the spark of inspiration and instill a winning mindset.
From Olympic champions to underdogs who defied the odds, these inspirational sports speakers will uplift, empower, and motivate audiences of all backgrounds.
Motivational Speaker, Author & Inspiration for the Award-Winning Film "Rudy"
Sports Motivation Expert, Author, Mentor to Athletes & Underprivileged Youth; Former Collegiate Football Player
WNBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist & Author of "Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You;" Coach of Ice-Cube's BIG3 Basketball League
Founder of Oher Foundation for Disadvantaged Youth; Former NFL Player for Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans & Carolina Panthers; Super Bowl 47 Champion; Story Told in Movie "The Blind Side"
Olympic Gold Medal Winning U.S. Gymnast & Winner of Season 23 of "Dancing With The Stars"
Paralympic Medalist, 3-Time World Champion, Ironman, Mother & Author
Two-Time Olympic Medalist & US National Figure Skating Champion
Basketball Hall of Famer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Motivational Speaker
ESPN College Football Analyst; Heisman Trophy Winner; Former Quarterback for NFL's Denver Broncos & Baseball Outfielder for the New York Mets
Known for His Brief MLB Career & Subject of Disney's "The Rookie"
Professional Surfer & Shark Attack Survivor; Inspiration for the Film "Soul Surfer"
Track & Field Athlete, Olympic Champion & 12-Time Gold Medalist at the World Championships; Co-Founder of Saysh
16-Time U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist, Author & Speaker
Former American Major League Baseball Outfielder
Gold Medal Olympian, Inspiration for Disney Film "Miracle," Entrepreneur, Sales & Marketing Executive
Retired World No. 1 Tennis Player & International Tennis Hall of Famer; Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Olympic Legend, Philanthropist, American Record-Holder in the Long Jump & Founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
Olympic Gold Medalist Figure Skater, Three-Time Cancer Survivor & Best-Selling Author
Professional Rock Climber & Star of the Academy-Award Winning Documentary "Free Solo"
Defender on the U.S. Women's 1999 World Cup Champion Soccer Team