An icon of women’s football, Briana Scurry is a former American goalkeeper who played for her country a record 173 times. During the course of her career, she won two Olympic gold medals as well as the Women’s World Cup title in 1999. Having reached the peak of her sport, Briana is a popular BAME speaker who teaches audiences the importance of diversity in sport.
Briana has certainly made an impact during her professional football career. A trailblazer for the women’s game in the USA, she made history when she was inducted into the USA’s National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017. This honour made her the first female goalkeeper and the first black woman to be named in the Hall of Fame, an achievement she can discuss at all her BAME events.
Briana’s USA debut came in 1994 and just two years later she played a crucial role as the USA won gold at the Atlanta Olympics. This was the first of two Olympic golds Briana won with the team and in 1999 she also helped her country to Women’s World Cup victory on home soil. Not only has she made an impact on the international stage, but Briana played a key role in helping the domestic game become professional. A founding player of the Atlanta Beat, she was part of the world’s first women’s league where players were paid.
At the University of Massachusetts, Briana showed her goalkeeping prowess. Named the National Goalkeeper of the Year in 1993 she won a whole host of team and individual accolades. In recent years she has become a familiar face and voice on coverage of women’s football, acting as a commentator and pundit on many high-profile events including the Women’s World Cup. She’s also tried her hand at coaching and is currently the assistant manager of Washington Spirit.
Particularly impactful at Black History Month events, Briana can explain the struggles she’s experienced trying to make her mark in professional sport as a Black athlete. Particularly one that is often viewed as a ‘man’s game’. Briana is one of the first LGBT players to dominate the world’s stage. At events she can explain the stigma she’s come across due to her sexuality and skin colour, while also exploring the stereotypes limiting the success of female athletes.
Briana Scurry is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Briana Scurry is a passionate, enthusiastic, and effective speaker with a unique ability to draw an audience in and leave a lasting impression. The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to work with Briana. This past year, Briana attended and spoke at a few of our events that featured some of our largest partners. Not only did she give remarks, but she stayed and interacted with our guests, which helped us continue to solidify and grow our relationships. We look forward to working with Briana in the future and growing our impact nationwide – together.”
“Briana Scurry has served as an incredible role model for youth in our after-school program, particularly girls. Briana has a special ability to relate to and connect with soccer players of all ages and experience levels and has made an indelible impact on those she’s taught and spoken to. We couldn’t be more thankful to Briana for her investment in DC SCORES and our poet-athletes!”
“From her beginnings as the youngest of nine growing up playing soccer in Minnesota through her unforgettable Olympic goal medal and World Cup performances and into the ongoing challenges of life after a career-ending concussion, Briana Scurry’s story is as moving as it is extraordinary. Her talk, delivered with all the raw and intense emotion of a personal conversation between close friends, takes you on a journey from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, and back again. With a message of love, hope, and perseverance, Briana Scurry’s Keynote will delight, encourage, and inspire your audience and give them something to talk about for years to come.”