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Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996 and 2004)
FIFA World Cup Champion (1999)
Permanent Title IX Exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee (2017)
Owner of the NWSL's Washington Spirit
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 USWNT in 1994, she led the team on an illustrious run that included two Olympic gold medals. At the 1999 FIFA World Cup Championship – which represented one of the most seminal events in American athletic history – Briana made the iconic penalty kick save that carried the United States to victory.
Briana 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, Briana 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 in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
"Briana brought great energy, humor and humility to her keynote at our event. She fully discloses the challenges she had –both with her health and her attitude—and her candor created a great rapport with the audience. Her discussion of the power of “visioning” complemented other messages in our conference offerings. She was very warm and comfortable with our crowd—staying 45 minutes after the keynote to sign autographs, take pictures and share her medals (her 'girls') with the attendees. She easily connected with people at a personal level. I was beyond pleased with the value she brought to our event."
“Briana’s story is one of the most compelling I’ve heard to date. Everyone was captivated by her honest and real portrayal of both her extraordinary achievements and devastating setbacks. She is authentic, genuine and unbelievably personable. Briana’s drive and tenacity is truly inspiring to all. I feel grateful and honored to have had the chance to meet her and hear her motivational speech.”
“Bri Scurry is an amazing woman, and her life story and experiences resonate deeply with audiences. From corporate executives, to policy wonks, to women who idolized the 1999 team, to young girls who have heard the ’99 stories, she educates, motivates and inspires. Bri is outstanding at connecting with audiences honestly and personally — she always builds in a lot of time to answer questions and have a dialogue. Every time I hear her speak, I am thrilled to see that everyone in the room is energized not only because she’s a soccer legend, but also because she’s a true American role model.”