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Briana Scurry        

Legendary U.S. Goalkeeper, Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup Champion & Concussion Awareness Advocate

Briana Scurry is widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented and influential goalkeepers. Her 173 international appearances as one of the first African American and openly gay professional athletes championed equality and diversified the sport. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Named starting goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Team in 1994, she led the team on an illustrious run that included two Olympic gold medals. In the 1999 FIFA World Cup Championship – which represented one of the most seminal events in American athletic history – Scurry made the iconic penalty kick save that carried the United States to victory.

Scurry pioneered the first paid professional women’s soccer league as a founding player in 2001. A debilitating concussion led to her retirement in 2010. Since then, she has repurposed her visibility to become one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders on traumatic brain injuries.

Through her impact on the landscape of women’s soccer and American sports culture, Scurry has received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sam Lacy Award, inclusion in the United States Women’s National Team’s All-Time Best XI, and a permanent feature as the Title IX Exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In 2022, Scurry released her best-selling memoir, "My Greatest Save." Scurry was also the subject of The Only, a CBS feature-length documentary chronicling her life that was released in 2022.

Speech Topics

Concussion/Health Topics

  • Youth sports safety
  • Personal experience from traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Finding strength from within

Team Topics

  • Building relationships with teammates
  • Training
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Diversity
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Leadership
  • Determination
  • Becoming an Olympian
  • Setting personal goals

Corporate Topics

  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Teambuilding
  • Importance of striving for success
  • Leadership in the workplace
  • Perseverance
  • Motivation
  • Personal growth in your chosen career
  • Diversity
  • Setting Goals

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