Sports and Society Program

Sports & Society Speaker Alumni

Among the 500+ leaders, athletes who have participated in events hosted or organized by the Sports & Society Program:

President Clinton and Kobe Bryant at ESPN Town Hall on Kids and Sports
President Clinton and Kobe Bryant joined the Project Play conversation at an ESPN Town Hall

Doug Abrams, Associate Professor, University of Missouri Law School

Katrina Adams, CEO and President, U.S. Tennis Association

Hans Anderson, Sr. Concept Developer, Emerging Techology, ESPN

Kirk Anderson, Director of Coach Education and Development, U.S. Tennis Association

Jessie Aney, nationally ranked youth tennis and hockey athlete

Malia Arrington, Director of Ethics and Safe Sport, U.S. Olympic Committee

Meredith Aronson, fellow, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Alan Ashley, Chief of Sport, United States Olympic Committee

Tom Avischious, Field Services Director, USA Swimming

Awista Ayub, author, Kabul Girls Soccer Club

Geoffrey Baekey, Managing Director, Government Services, Capital Hotel Management

Julian Bailes, Jr., Founder and Director, Brain Injury Research Institute

Tom Farrey and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun
Tom Farrey and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun

Ryan Basen, Research Associate, American Institutes for Research

Jason Baumann, Director of Education, USA Diving

Tal Bayer, Development Director and Head Rugby Coach, Perry Street Public Charter School

Garrett Beatty, Ph.D. Student, Sport Psychology, University of Florida Sport Policy & Research Collaborative

Notah Begay III, Founder, NB3 Foundation

David Bennell, Director of Corporate Impact, The Trust for Public Land

Dr. Michael Bergeron, Executive Director, National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League

Scott Blackmun, CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee

Cheri Blauwet, Sports Medicine Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine

Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes for Hope

Irv Bomberger, Executive Director, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Christine Bolger, Coaching Education Manager, USOC 

Matt Bowers, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Texas

Kyle Boyer, National Development Director, USA Field Hockey 

Rachelle Boyer, Assistant Development Manager, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and civil rights historian

Vice Admiral (Ret.) Jody Breckenridge, U.S. Coast Guard

Christine Brennan, Sports Columnist, USA Today

David Breshears, Mountaineer and Founder of GlacierWorks

Jon Brilliant, Chief Financial Officer, Bigfoot Biomedical

Charles Brock, Associate Curator of American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art

Jim Brown, Founder of Amer-I-Can, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise

Jon Butler, Executive Director, Pop Warner Little Scholars

Carol Callan, Women's National Team Director, USA Basketball

Amy Callendar, Federal Legislative Manager, National Athletic Trainers' Association

Kahlaa Cannady, seventh-grade student and midfielder, Anderson Monarchs

Disabled triathlete Sarah Reinertsen and Olympic stars Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Michelle Kwan and Gary Hall Jr. at Project Play launch summit.
Triathlete Sarah Reinertsen and Olympic stars Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Michelle Kwan and Gary Hall Jr. at the Project Play launch summit.

Dr. Robert Cantu, Co-Founder & Medical Director, Sports Legacy Institute

Greg Carey, Managing Director, Public and Infrastructure Banking, Goldman Sachs

Kate Carr, President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide

Janet Carter, Executive Director, Coaching Corps

Laurence Chalip, Professor and Department Head, Dept. of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois

Alex Chan, Associate Director, National Strategy, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Bridget Chisholm, Managing Partner, BWC Capital

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Olympic snowboarder, Team USA

Jason Clement, Partner, The Sports Facilities Advisory/The Sports Facilities Management

Jay Coakley, Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Mark Cole, Executive Director, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club

Jason Collins, former NBA player

Kain Colter, Board Member, College Athletes Players Association

Scott Congel, Chairman, SRC Development Group

Quinn Cotter, student-author, Playing Time: What Kids Really Think About Kids' Sports

Tom Cove, President and CEO, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association

Indi Cowie, professional soccer freestyler

Kim Crabbe, first African American member of U.S. women's national soccer team

Lisa Creighton, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Partnership for a Healthier America

George Cunningham, Professor and Academic Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University

Diana Cutaia, Athletic Director, Wheelock College (Mass.)

Dr. Kenneth Davis, CEO and President, Mount Sinai Health System

Mo'ne Davis, pitcher, Little League World Series

Peter Davis, Director, Sport Performance Management

Anita DeFrantz, Chair, Women and Sport Commission, International Olympic Committee

Brooke de Lench, Executive Director,

Jay Demings, Youth Division Director, USA Basketball

Donna de Varona, President, DAMAR Productions, Inc., former Olympian and broadcaster

Anthony DiCosmo, Vice President, Sports Marketing & Partnerships, Nickelodeon

Dr. John DiFiori, President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

John DiPaolo, Chief of Staff, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

David Drummond, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google

ESPN executive editor John Walsh and basketball coach Craig Robinson.
ESPN executive editor John Walsh and basketball coach Craig Robinson at the Project Play launch summit.

Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Crystal Echo Hawk, Executive Director, The Notah Begay III Foundation

Stefan Fatsis, Sportswriter, Commentator, NPR, Slate

Allyson Felix, Olympic champion sprinter, Team USA

Jake Ferreira, California State Deputy Director, Mission: Readiness

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health

Tim Flannery, Director of Coaching Education, National Federation of State High School Associations

Ned Flynn, Managing Director, Jeffries & Company

Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation

Julie Foudy, former soccer Olympian, and analyst, ESPN

Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist,

Jon Frankel, Correspondent, HBO Real Sports

Dr. Janet Fulton, Lead Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Carol Ewing Garber, President-Elect, American College of Sports Medicine

Dr. Dan Garza, Assistant Professor, Stanford Medical School

Laura Gentile, Vice President, espnW, ESPN

John Gerdy, Author, Sports: The All-American Addiction

David Geslak, Autism Fitness Specialist & Founder, Exercise Connection

Matthew Geschke, Director, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA

Skip Gilbert, Managing Director, Professional Tennis Operations & US Open Tournament Manager

Dan Gilman, Managing Director, Jeffries & Company

Dr. Gerald Gioia, Division Chief, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's National Medical Center

Jeremy Goldberg, President, LeagueApps

Ryan Graff, Vice President, Program Development & Opps, First Tee

Jayne Greenberg, District Director, Physical Eduation and Health Literacy, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Jack Groppel, Co-Founder, Human Performance Institute

Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer, NCAA

Gary Hall Jr., former Olympic swimmer and board member, National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director, USA Football

Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO, KaBOOM!

Jo Hannaphin, President, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Michael Hausfeld, Chairman, Hausfeld LLP

Cheryl Healton, President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation

Lance Henderson, CEO, Zamzee

Mark Herthel, President, Platinum Performance

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Hertling, Member, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Scott Hester, President, Counsilman-Hunsaker

Wendy Hilliard, Founder, Wendy Hillliard Foundation

Colin Hilton, President and CEO, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, Champion Women

Bill Holcomb, Athletic Training Program Director, National Strength & Conditioning Association

Dean Hovey, CEO, DigiFit and inventor of the Apple mouse

Erik Huey, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Software Alliance

Frank Hugelmeyer, CEO, Outdoor Industry Association

Ramogi Huma, President, National College Players Association

Sue Hunt, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Tennis Association

Mark Hyman, author, Until it Hurts: America’s Obsession With Youth Sports

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, Medical Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Health System

Dr. Carrie Jaworski, Assistant Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Michael Johnson, Executive Director, Utility for Data Care Analysis, Kaiser-Permanente

Roslyn Johnson, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Richmond, Va.

Sally Johnson, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports

Kurt Kamperman, CEO, Community Tennis, U.S. Tennis Association

Michael Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO, Chicago Park District

Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO, Little League International

Pat Kelleher, Assistant Executive Director, USA Hockey

Dionne Koller, Director, University of Baltimore Center for Sport and the Law

Mark Kovacs, Director, Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba

David Krichavsky, Vice President, Youth Basketbal Development, National Basketball Association

Michelle Kwan, five-time World Champion figure skater

Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO, Women's Sports Foundation

Dr. Michele LaBotz, Executive Committee Member, Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness, American Academy of Pediatrics

Ted Leonsis, Managing Partner, NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals

Stephen Levin, Councilmember, New York City Council

Robert Lipsyte, Author, Accidental Sportswriter, and former New York Times columnist

Warren Lockette, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Clinical and Program Policy, US Department of Defense

Nathan Lyon, celebrity chef, Chef Nathan Lyon

Jay Maddock, Dean, School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center

Dr. Robert Malina, co-author, Growth, Maturation and Physical Activity

Chris Marinak, Senior Vice President, League Economic and Strategy, Major League Baseball

Ken Martel, Technical Director, American Development Model, USA Hockey

Jeff and Mikki Lee Martin, Co-Directors of Youth Programs, CrossFit Kids

Kevin Martinez, Vice President, Corporate Outreach, ESPN

Eddie Mason, former NFL Linebacker; President, Mase Training, LLC

Dr. Todd Maugens, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Nemours Children's Hospital

William Mayer, Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute

Dr. William F. Mayer, Director, Master of Science in Applied Psychology Program, Sacred Heart University (Conn.)

Kathlyn Mead, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Endowment

Teri McCambridge, Chair, Council on Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics

Cornell McClellan, Personal Trainer to the First Family

Alicia McConnell, Director of Athlete Services and Programs, U.S. Olympic Committee

Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, Player Development, U.S. Tennis Association

Tom McMillen, Board Member, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Dara Meinerth, Specialist, Sports and Recreation, YMCA of the USA

Mark Messier, Hockey Hall of Fame member, youth coach in Greenwich, Conn.

Mike Millay, Director, Sports Development, ESPN Wide World of Sports

Jeff Miller, Senior Vice President, National Football League

Stacy Molander, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Partnership for a Healthier America

Chris Moore, CEO, US Youth Soccer

Maya Moore, Olympian and professional basketball player for WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

Tim Morehouse, Olympic silver medalist, and Founder, Fencing in the Schools

Caitlin Morris, Senior Director of North America Community Impact, Nike

Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission

Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, Chief of Organizational Excellence, U.S. Olympic Committee

Wayne Moss, Senior Director, Sports, Fitness and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

David Mosse, SVP-Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, Dick's Sporting Goods

Edwin Moses, Chair, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and Olympic track champion

Anne Mosle, Director, ASCEND, Family Economic Security Program of the Aspen Institute

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General

Scott Myers, Executive Director, World Sport Chicago Foundation

Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director, America SCORES

Priscilla Natkins, Executive Vice President, Director of Client Services, Ad Council

Normandie Nigh, Executive Director, A World Fit for Kids

Joe Nocera, Columnist, New York Times

Stephen Norris, Vice President of Sport, WinSport Canada

Chris Nowinski, Co-Director, Center for Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Roman Oben, Director of Youth & High School Football, National Football League

Dave Ogrean, Executive Director, USA Hockey

Apolo Anton Ohno, speed skater, most decorated winter Olympian in history

Joe Bear Ortiz, Youth Ambassador, Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO, Sports Facilities Advisory

Jennifer Paulett, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

Mike Pell, Senior Designer, Microsoft

Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Stacey Pine, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Nat’l Recreation and Parks Association

Brandon Pollack, Director of Global Affairs, 1776

Gary Player, Gram Slam champion golfer and philanthropist

Nathan Plowman, North American Partnerships Director, Access to Sport, Nike

Dwayne Proctor, Director and Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tab Ramos, former Olympian, member of National Soccer Hall of Fame

Rick Riccobono, Senior Director, Development, USA Baseball

Anthony Robles, NCAA champion wrestler and ESPN analyst

Craig Robinson, former Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Oregon State University

Jeanette Rodriguez, National Director, Programs and Partnerships, Nike

Claude Ruibal, Global Head of Sports Partnerships, YouTube

Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Paul Roetert, CEO, Shape America (formerly AAHPERD)

Michael Sagas, Chair, Department of Tourism, Sports Management and Recreation, University of Florida

Jim Sallis, Program Director, Active Living Research, University of California-San Diego

Jeremy Schaap, Correspondent, ESPN

Robin Schepper, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary, U.S. Health and Human Services

Brian Selander, Executive Vice President, The Whistle

Ryan Shadrick Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, Partnership for a Healthier America

Dan Shanoff, writer, USA Today

Shannon Shy, National Membership Director, American Youth Football

James Siegel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, KaBOOM!

Todd Sitrin, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, EA Sports

John Skipper, President, ESPN, and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks

Fred Sloane, Director of Global Literacy, Benetech

Dr. Angela Smith, Orthropaedic Surgeon, Nemours-Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Footbal League Players Association

Mara Smith, Founder and Principal, Great Play

Sam Snow, Director of Coaching, U.S. Youth Soccer Association

Chris Snyder, Director of Education, U.S. Olympic Committee

Larry Soler, CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

John Spengler, Associate Professor, University of Florida

Steve Spinner, Founder, Sports Potential, Inc.

Darrin Steele, CEO, USA Bobsled & Skeleton

Steve Stenersen, President and CEO, U.S. Lacrosse

Bonnie St. Jean, Paralympian, and author, How Strong Women Pray

Daria Teutonico, Network Developer, Council on Foundations

Jason Thompson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Olympic Committee

Jim Thompson, CEO, Positive Coaching Alliance

Carolyn Tisch, Member, Sports & Society Program Advisory Board

Laurie Tisch, President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Gil Trenum, Representative, Brentsville District School Board

Barbara Tulipane, CEO and President, National Recreation and Park Association

Kathleen Tullie, Founder and Executive Director, BOKS (Reebok International)

Kevin Turner, former NFL running back

Travis Tygart, CEO, US Anti-Doping Agency

Dave Tyahla, Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Parks Association

Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder, Playworks

Amanda Visek, Associate Professor, Exercise Science, George Washington University

John Walsh, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, ESPN

Anne Warhover, President and CEO, Colorado Health Foundation

Kevin Weickel, Manager, Sports Development, the Walt Disney Company

John West, Founder and CEO, Whistle Sports

Jim Whitehead, CEO/Executive Vice President, American College of Sports Medicine

Laurie Whitsel, President, National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity

Wayne Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Education, LA84 Foundation

Matt Winkler, Associate Dean, Sports Industry Management, Georgetown University

Jase Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO, Neighborly

Mike Wise, Sports Columnist, Washington Post

Mary Wittenberg, CEO, New York Road Runners

Eli Wolff, Paralympian, and Director, Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design

Dr. Shale Wong, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Services

Nanette Yang, Manager, Steel Sports

Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations, & Strategy, NBC Sports Group

Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation