Legendary American goalkeeper, Briana Scurry has made an influential impact on the game, and beyond. The Olympic Gold winning star has changed perceptions of minorities in sport, from gender to race and sexual orientation, Briana Scurry is a champion of the underrepresented. Now retired, Briana dedicates much of her time to coaching, commentating, and speaking events, in which she shares her experiences in a bit to support progressive change across industries.
Representing your country is an honour for any athlete, a feat Briana achieved 173 times throughout her professional career. Over the course of 14 years, Briana played in three World Cups for the US, winning the 1999 competition after playing every minute of the torment, a testament to her dedicated contributions. Equally essential in the country’s Olympic efforts, Briana was in goal for the 1996 and 2004 Games. After defeating China in a highly anticipated final, Briana became part of the US team to win the country’s first-ever Olympic football medal, a career highlight for the fearless goalkeeper.
Recognising her unique position and public profile, Briana, who is openly gay, uses her platform within the media to promote acceptance and inclusion beyond the boundaries of football. Having experienced discrimination for her race, gender and sexual orientation, Briana now educates audiences as a speaker on the importance of embracing diversity. Her continued support of the LGBT+ community has garnered her much praise worldwide.
Since retiring Briana has remained a prominent figure in the sporting world, taking on roles as a commentator and coach, most recently as assistant coach to Washington Spirit. For her inspirational career, Briana was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
Briana Scurry is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“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.”
“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!”