As sports have become such an important part of today’s society, it is necessary to recognize the Celebrity Speakers who take their work beyond sports and look to inspire and make the world a better place.
Hot Celebs to Hire: Inspiring Athletes
1. Magic Johnson
Famous athlete and entrepreneur Magic Johnson has made quite the impact both on and off the court. Johnson has an entire list of achievements from his basketball career, but outside of that he emphasizes the need for education on topics such as HIV and AIDS. Magic Johnson has created the Magic Johnson Foundation to combat AIDS and has previously been named one of America’s most influential black businessmen.Johnson is a huge role model as an entrepreneur because of all of his accomplishments he has made so far.
2. Aly Raisman
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has become an extremely admirable athlete not only due to her significant talent in gymnastics, but also as an advocate as part of the #MeToo movement. Raisman has spoken many times about sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, and she has spoken in support of other sexual abuse survivors. Aly continues to inspire those around her and is also an advocate for Darkness To Light, which is a nonprofit organization which helps prevent child sexual abuse.
3. Amy Purdy
Among the long list of achievements that Amy Purdy has throughout her career, she is a co-founder for Adaptive Action Sports, which is an organization that helps individuals with physical disabilities get involved in sports. As a paralympic athlete herself, Purdy speaks often about her experience and even has her own memoir. She was also previously on Dancing with the Stars as the first double amputee contestant.
4. Tim Tebow
While Tim Tebow is recognized for his football and baseball careers, he has also made a path for himself outside of sports. Tebow has recently partnered with Homeschool Buyers Co-op, which provides homeschooling families with resources and access to better curriculum. In 2010 he started the Tim Tebow Foundation, whose mission is “To bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” Tebow loves sharing his faith with others and loves inspiring those around him.
5. LeBron James
The legendary Lebron James, considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has reached audiences all over the globe. Lebron has been named one of America’s most influential athletes, supporting nonprofits such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and After-School All-Stars. In addition, James also owns his own foundation called the Lebron James Family Foundation to raise money for a variety of causes.
6. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is one of the most well known athletes and celebrities, as she has done so much in her career. Williams has been very active and vocal on social media about issues such as Black Lives Matter. She also supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Eva Longoria Foundation, Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund and more. Through her pregnancy and her dedication to tennis, Serena has affected so many young athletes in an incredible way.
7. Megan Rapinoe
As one of the United States’ most recognizable women’s soccer players, Megan Rapinoe definitely inspires everyone around her. She is a known advocate for many LGBTQ organizations, and she has also been a part of the fight for equal pay along with many of her other teammates. Rapinoe has worked with many different brands such as Nike, Hulu, and BodyArmor, and was the first openly gay women to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2019.
8. David Beckham
Famous former soccer player David Beckham is continuing to inspire others even after his retirement from the game in 2013. Beckham has his own fragrance line as well as his a few of his own video games and supports many well known charities. He has publicly voiced his support for UNICEF and in 2015 launched his own UNICEF Fund. In addition, he has shown support for injured soldiers and is a founding member of Malaria No More UK to help combat malaria in Africa.
9. Kerri Walsh Jennings
Aside from her three Olympic Gold Medals, Kerri Walsh Jennings has many other accomplishments to be proud of. After having her third child, Jenning made headlines after being part of the ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue”, which showed pictures of her body before and after the birth. She emphasized feeling comfortable in your own skin and she encouraged athletes realize that even celebrities struggle with those issues too. Jennings is a great role model and has even hosted a beach volleyball clinic, helping and inspiring young athletes to pursue their dreams. The foundation called Sports Matter donated $25,000 to the volleyball club, continuing to give resources to youth in sports with the help of Walsh Jennings.
10. Usain Bolt
Considered the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt has broken an insane amount of records on the track. Bolt was even part of a 2016 movie titled I Am Bolt, which details his career as such an amazing sprinter. He is a co-founder of Bolt Mobility, an electric scooter company, he wrote an autobiography, and he created his own app.
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