With an integral role on the team that set the standard for women’s professional soccer and a record 173 international appearances, Briana Scurry is widely recognized as one of the world’s best female soccer goalkeepers. Notably one of the first African American professional female soccer player, she has helped significantly to diversify the sport.
Named starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team in 1994, she helped lead the team to many achievements, including two Olympic gold medals. Captivating the world in the 1999 FIFA World Cup championship game—which represented one of the most important events in the history of American athletics—she made history after an astounding shoot-out save, resulting in the win. Her talent protecting the goal and her team’s unprecedented success led to a huge increase of women’s soccer fans and inspired millions.
In 2001, she became one of the first women to participate in a woman’s paid professional league, pioneering the way for women’s soccer. As captain of the Atlanta Beat, she played in two WUSA championships, playing until 2010 when a debilitating head-injury led to her retirement and subsequent concussion awareness advocacy, testifying before Congress on Traumatic Brain Injuries in sports.
Scurry’s impact on the legacy of the U.S. Women’s National Team program and contributions on the field recently earned her a spot on the U.S. Soccer All-Time Best XI National Team, and as a permanent part of the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Title IX exhibit.
As one of the first African-American professional female soccer players as well as one of the first out LGBT players, Scurry has faced and triumphed over various challenges during the course of her career. The epitome of a team player with a palpable love of the game, Scurry draws on her ability to overcome obstacles to provide insight on the importance of teamwork, motivation, focus, and strategies for leveraging personal strengths.
“True Colors hosts the largest LGBT youth conference in the country. Briana’s story, which she shared at a keynote session, was an inspiration to youth and adult attendees, alike. We appreciated her candor, her realness and her ability to relate not only to such a large audience, but one-on-one as youth lined up to speak with her after.”
“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.”
“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.”