Sports & Society Alumni

Conversations at Sports & Society Program events shape both our work and the broader world of sports. We bring together athletes, coaches, sports executives, media, public health officials, policymakers, and many more to source groundbreaking ideas.

More than 500 leaders and athletes have participated in the Project Play Summit, the Future of Sports conversation series, the Aspen Ideas Festival, or in other events hosted or organized by the Sports & Society Program, including:

Athletes

  • C.J. Anderson, NFL running back
  • Rick Ankiel, retired MLB player
  • Lance Armstrong, retired cyclist, founder of Livestrong Foundation
  • Notah Begay III, NBC Sports broadcaster, professional golfer
  • Gretchen Bleiler, retired snowboarder, Olympic medalist
  • Chris Borland, retired NFL linebacker
  • Kobe Bryant, NBA legend
  • Natasha Cloud, WNBA player
  • Jason Collins, retired NBA player
  • Mo’ne Davis, softball player, former Little League World Series star
  • Donna de Varona, retired swimmer, 2x Olympic gold medalist
  • DeMar DeRozan, NBA All-Star
  • Allyson Felix, sprinter, 6x Olympic gold medalist
  • Andrew Ference, retired NHL defenseman
  • Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Olympic gold medalist, Laureus USA CEO
  • Domonique Foxworth, retired NFL cornerback, former NFLPA President
  • Gary Hall, Jr., retired swimmer, 5x Olympic gold medalist
  • Tony Hawk, skateboarding pioneer, 10x X Games gold medalist
  • Nigel Hayes, basketball player and advocate
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, retired swimmer, 3x Olympic gold medalist, gender equity advocate
  • Alex Honnold, rock climber
  • Billie Jean King, tennis legend and civil rights pioneer
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, retired athlete, 3x Olympic gold medalist
  • Chris Kluwe, retired NFL punter
  • Michelle Kwan, retired figure skater, 5x World Champion
  • Kevin Love, NBA All-Star
  • Mark Messier, Hockey Hall of Fame member
  • Shannon Miller, retired gymnast, 2x Olympic gold medalist
  • Maya Moore, WNBA All-Star
  • Edwin Moses, retired hurdler, 2x Olympic gold medalist, Laureus Sport for Good chair
  • Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA power forward
  • Apolo Anton Ohno, retired speed skater, 8x Olympic medalist
  • Jake Peavy, former MLB All-Star
  • Gary Player, retired golfer, career Grand Slam champion
  • Sarah Reinertsen, paratriathlete, 3x World Champion
  • Angela Ruggiero, retired hockey player, IOC member, Olympic gold medalist
  • Etan Thomas, retired NBA player and activist
  • Herschel Walker, retired NFL running back, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Chris Webber, former NBA All-Star

Coaches and Executives

  • Katrina Adams, U.S. Tennis Association CEO and President
  • Erik Bakich, University of Michigan baseball coach
  • Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
  • Sasho Cirovski, Maryland men’s soccer coach, 3x NCAA Champion
  • Mary Davis, Special Olympics USA CEO
  • Anita DeFrantz, IOC member, retired Olympic rower
  • David Egner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation CEO
  • Mark Emmert, NCAA President
  • Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football CEO
  • Sarah Hirshland, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO
  • Ramogi Huma, National College Players Association Executive Director
  • Valorie Kondos Field, retired UCLA gymnastics coach, 7x NCAA Champion
  • Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Mystics, and Wizards owner
  • Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner
  • Kevin Martinez, ESPN Vice President
  • Bernadette McGlade, Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner
  • Mariona Miret, FC Barcelona Foundation Head of Programs
  • Dan Radakovich, Clemson University Athletic Director
  • Tab Ramos, retired soccer player, Houston Dynamo head coach
  • Cheryl Reeve, WNBA coach and executive
  • Craig Robinson, New York Knicks executive, former Oregon State men’s basketball coach
  • Tim Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman
  • Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner
  • DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA Executive Director
  • Ed Stack, DICK’S Sporting Goods CEO
  • Arn Tellem, Detroit Pistons Vice Chairman
  • John Thompson III, former Georgetown men’s basketball coach
  • Travis Tygart, United States Anti-Doping Agency CEO
  • Gary Zenkel, NBC Olympics President

Media Figures

  • Taylor Branch, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner
  • Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist
  • David Brooks, New York Times columnist
  • Mary Carillo, NBC Sports broadcaster
  • Cari Champion, ESPN broadcaster
  • David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and Range
  • Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated columnist
  • Jon Frankel, HBO Real Sports correspondent
  • Mike Greenberg, ESPN broadcaster
  • Dan Hicks, NBC Sports broadcaster
  • Jemele Hill, The Atlantic columnist
  • Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN broadcaster
  • Robert Lipsyte, author and former New York Times columnist
  • Rebecca Lowe, NBC Sports broadcaster
  • Kyle Martino, NBC Sports broadcaster, retired soccer player
  • Patrick McEnroe, ESPN broadcaster, retired tennis player and executive
  • Harold Reynolds, former MLB All-Star, MLB Network and FOX Sports broadcaster
  • Jeremy Schaap, ESPN correspondent
  • Michael Wilbon, ESPN broadcaster
  • Dave Zirin, The Nation sports editor

Policymakers and Public Health Leaders

  • Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, NY
  • Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, Clinton Foundation founder and board chair
  • Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, MI
  • Dr. Robert Cantu, concussion expert
  • Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA Chief Medical Officer
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President
  • Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States
  • Dr. Bennet Omalu, speaker, CTE expert
  • Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Governor of Kansas
  • Cyrus Vance Jr., District Attorney of New York County
  • Dr. Don Wright, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mark Walker, U.S. Representative from North Carolina