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Stephen A. Smith          

Sports Journalist, Analyst and Talk Show Host Known for "First Take"

Stephen A. Smith is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN's "First Take".

He also makes frequent appearances as an NBA analyst on "SportsCenter". Smith also is an NBA analyst for ESPN on "NBA Countdown" and NBA broadcasts on ESPN. He also hosts "The Stephen A. Smith Show" on ESPN Radio. Smith is a featured columnist for,, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Speech Topics

Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game!

From heart-wrenching defeats to capturing glory, rarely is anyone faced with adversity more than the modern-day athlete. True champions have learned not only to overcome their adversities, but to use them as a tool. From his roots in Hollis to covering some of the biggest names on planet Earth, keynote speaker Stephen A. Smith uses his life experiences and sports-as-life references to offer his perspective on how to keep your head in the game using courage, determination, and patience so you too can use adversity to your benefit.

The Road to Great Leadership

Stephen A. Smith's career has allowed him to be up close and personal with great leaders, and he has learned firsthand and through interviews about the trials and tribulations on the road to great leadership. Leadership is now more important than ever, and Smith's anecdotes will enthrall, entertain, and educate as he talks about goal setting, motivation, tough decision making, and inspiration.

Ethics, On the Field & Off

What is the right thing to do when the lines of ethics are increasingly blurred? Being the best and having more power and money enables those on the way up to be filled with praise, big paydays, and role-model status. But the headlines are filled with fall-from-grace storylines all the time. Is there a new model for success, or do we just have more access to information?

From sportsmanship to gambling, steroid use to point shaving, sports journalist Stephen A. Smith has seen and covered a wide spectrum of ethical issues both on the field and off... and interviewed a lot of the major players. He uses this unique insight to offer perspective on today's current events, politics, and youth. This engaging presentation will make you think and feel about ethical decisions in a new way.


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