Top Sports Diversity and Inclusion Speakers

Many organizations are seeking advice on how they can better promote diversity and inclusion. The sports world is known as a place where inclusivity and a level playing field are promoted more than most. The top sports diversity and inclusion speakers come from different backgrounds, but they champion underdogs in society. They make great keynote speakers for conferences, diversity training seminars, virtual events and more. 

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Aeneas Williams is a former professional football player who played cornerback and free safety during his time in the NFL. After posting a record number of interceptions in his Junior year, and only o...

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Once a standout college quarterback, Andre Ware now makes his name as a prominent voice on college football. Ware rose to fame as the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Houston. He wa...

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Armani Williams has already made NASCAR history, even as his begins his promising stock car racing career. Williams is the first NASCAR driver diagnosed on the autism spectrum and just one of three Af...

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Ben Watson is a former NFL tight end and Super Bowl champion He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia. Watson has also playe...

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Bill Russell is a retired former professional basketball player and coach. Bill is most famous for his time playing for the Boston Celtics where he became an integral part of the Celtics dynasty durin...

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Brendon Ayanbadejo is a former professional linebacker who played 13 seasons in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Prior to his time as a professional, Ayanbadejo was a star linebacker at UCLA,...

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Bubba Wallace is a NASCAR Cup Series driver, known for being one of the most successful black drivers in the sport's history. Wallace originally started running in the Truck Series in 2013 before jump...

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After a record breaking career at Eastern Michigan University, Charlie Batch stayed in Michigan when he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1998 NFL Draft. Batch began his first few seasons with t...

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Born in Texas to Nigerian parents, Chiney Ogwumike found her talent for the game of basketball at a young age, playing alongside her sister, current WNBA player Nneka. Ogwumike had an impressive high...

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Chris Kluwe is a controversial, retired professional football player that played in the NFL from 2005-2013. Before his tenure in the NFL, Kluwe, a high school All-American, attended the University of...

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Coco Gauff is one of the young stars in women's tennis. Gauff is best known for becoming the youngest player to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw at 15 years old. She notably upset Venus Williams an...

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Colin Kaepernick, a Milwaukee born professional athlete, is best known as the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick was born to a mixed family going through tough times and as a r...

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Cullen Jones is not only a two-time Olympic gold medalist, but he is a world record setter and holder, as well. Jones has changed history as he became the first African-American male to win a gold med...

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Demario Davis is one of the leaders of the New Orleans Saints defense. Davis has been with the Saints since 2018 and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2019. He had spent the previous two seasons befor...

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Derrick Brooks is one of the greatest football players in the history of the game.  A native of Pensacola, Florida, it was evident during his days at Washington High School and Florida State Universit...

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Dhani Jones played 11 seasons in the NFL after being selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.  He’d go on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals un...

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Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to arriving in Philly, Rivers spent seven seasons as the Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.&n...

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Donte Stallworth was a productive wide receiver during his ten NFL seasons.  Overall, he grabbed 321 passes for 4,837 yards and 35 touchdowns.  Stallworth shined early in his career with the...

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When Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to a win in Super Bowl XXII in 1988 he became the first black quarterback to lead his team to a championship in NFL history.  At the time Williams w...

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Elana Meyers Taylor is one of the most accomplished bobsledders in Team USA history. She has won silver medals in two-woman bobsled at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics and a bronze at the 2010 Games....

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Emmanuel Acho is a former college star and NFL player who has turned towards becoming a successful broadcaster and activist in retirement. Acho played 48 games over four seasons at the University of T...

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When Gabby Douglas was 16-years-old she made history at the 2012 London Olympics Games when she became the first African-American female to win a gold medal during women’s gymnastics all-around event....

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Ibtihaj Muhammad is a fencer who competed internationally for the United States.  She was the first Muslim woman who wears a hijab to compete for Team USA at the Olympics.  Muhammad first competed for...

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Inky Johnson is a football celebrity. Growing up, Johnson had always wanted to play professional and he was making that dream a reality, until September 9, 2006. Johnson attended the University of Ten...

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a graduate of UCLA, where she was a decorated All-American in both track and field and basketball. During her decorated olympic career she earned six Olympic medals, including...

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Jason Wright has made history in his role as the President of the Washington Football Team. He became the first black president hired by an NFL team when he joined Washington in 2020. Wright has the u...

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The Boston Celtics made Jaylen Brown the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft after he was a standout performer in his one college season at the University of California.  He averag...

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Jemele Hill is known as one of the boldest personalities in sports media. She is currently a staff writer for The Atlantic and host of the podcast, "Jemele Hill is Unbothered." For nearly 12 years, H...

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Jennifer King made history in 2020 by being the first African-American female hired as a full-time coach in the NFL. The Washington Redskins and head coach Ron Rivera named her a coaching intern, wher...

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John Amaechi is known for his outspoken opinions and his trail blazing efforts for gay athletes.  Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out when he wrote his memoir, Man in the Middl...

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John Carlos became a part of Olympic history in the summer of 1968. After winning the bronze medal in the 200-meters, he and teammate Tommie Smith took the podium with hands raised in a Black Power sa...

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Katie Sowers first broke through the glass ceiling by becoming just the second woman hired to be a full-time NFL coach. She was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive assistant in 2017. Sow...

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LZ Granderson is an American journalist for ESPN and CNN.  His candor about being gay has given him a unique platform in the sports media world.  Granderson is best known for his writing online and in...

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Laila Ali is a retired professional boxer and she is the daughter of Muhammad Ali. Ali began her boxing career at 18 years old after watching a Christy Martin fight. She announced her decision to box...

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Larry Fitzgerald is a Minneapolis, Minnesota native and grew up with the dream of playing at football’s most elite level. When he stepped on the University of Pittsburgh campus in 2001 he took a giant...

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Lewis Hamilton was born and raised in Stevenage, England and got his start in racing at a young age. At the age of seven he finished second at the national BRCA championship and then started on the go...

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When Earvin Johnson earned the nickname "Magic" in high school one could say that it foreshadowed what was to come in his career. After a magical career at Michigan State University in which he led th...

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Malcolm Brogdon is a top NBA star for the Indiana Pacers. After being a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 NBA Draft, many did not expect Brogdon to blossom into the player he has be...

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Malcolm Jenkins is a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles who has also played for the New Orleans Saints.  In his second season, Jenkins was a second team All-Pro with the Saints in 2010.  He...

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Masai Ujiri is the general manager for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Prior to his basketball passion, Ujiri grew up playing soccer until he was 13 years old. Ujiri’s interest in basketball began whe...

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Richard Sherman is a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Sherman attended Stanford University to play football on an athletic scholarship. In his freshman campaign he led the team in re...

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Ron Rivera is the head coach of the Washington Redskins of the NFL. He attended the University of California as a linebacker where in his senior season he was a consensus All-American. After leaving t...

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Royce White was a 5 star athlete from Minnesota and was ranked in the top 10 of power forwards by all major scouting sites. Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball in 2009 was a two-time State Champion and w...

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Serena Williams first captured the world No. 1 tennis ranking in 2002 and has since gone on to win 23 Grand Slam championships, including seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, five Wimbledon cha...

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Simone Manuel made history at the 2016 Olympics.  Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming.  She tied for gold with Canada'...

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Stephen Jackson had a standout 14-year career in the NBA, playing an important role for several successful teams. Jackson had an amazing road to the NBA, never playing in college but still being selec...

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Titus O'Neil is a WWE Superstar.  O'Neil got his wrestling start in Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT.  He was apart of season two of the reality series "WWE NXT" and also appeared on "NXT Redemp...

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Tony Dungy has a very long history with the sport of football as he was both a player and a coach for a number of years. He first started playing as a quarterback for the University of Minnesota and w...

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Vince Young is often remembered for giving us one of the most thrilling BCS National Championship Games in recent memory when his Texas Longhorns defeated the Trojans of USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Dur...

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Warren Moon was a 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and a trailblazing NFL quarterback. Moon went to nine Pro Bowls and led the NFL in passing twice. Despite having a banner college career, he h...