Amy Adams Strunk, USA
Owner of the Tennessee Titans
Strunk had no football experience when she took control of her late father Bud Adams’ team – Tennessee Titans – in 2015. But it didn’t take long for her to make her mark, hiring and firing head coaches, selecting staff and leading one of the NFL’s monolithic 32 franchises. Now one of the most influential people in the Tennessee sports world, Strunk has transformed the franchise thanks to her vision, commitment and leadership in creating a public image for supporters and players. She can be seen strolling the sidelines, shaking supporters’ hands and even features in the franchise’s interview processes for new staff, as well as providing honest opinions about the general direction of the team. A vast contrast to the closed environment that existed in previous years. Although the Titans have only made the playoffs once since 2008 – losing in 2017’s divisional round to the New England Patriots – she promises to do everything in her power to restore the club back to Super Bowl contention. A process that will take time but is firmly achievable under her guidance.
– Adams has varied the pricing structure for match tickets ahead of the 2019 NFL season in a bid to encourage more Titans fans to attend home games.
– She donated $1 million to the Houston flood relief effort in 2017.
– She is on the NFL’s Hall of Fame committee and was also named on the Board of Trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Did you know…
Away from her busy role at the Nissan Stadium, Strunk is a hugely successful businesswoman, having founded Kenada Farms and the Little River Oil and Gas Company. Her multi-million dollar ventures have provided her with vast knowledge about customer service and managing a diverse range of employees.
“I’m warm, I like to show people how I feel, that’s who I am. But I also have no problem doing whatever it takes to win. That is definitely my priority.” – Amy Adams Shrunk (Source: ESPN)
Mia Hamm, USA
Co-owner of Los Angeles FC
In the pantheon of football greats, Mia Hamm stands shoulder to shoulder with anyone – male or female. Her on-field exploits speak for themselves, but her modern-day accomplishments almost supersede them. A co-owner of Los Angeles FC, Hamm is also a global ambassador for Spanish giants Barcelona, and has been on the board of Serie A outfit Roma – reinforcing her position as a global footballing powerhouse. Unsurprisingly, the mum-of-two is a huge exponent for the positives around girls playing sport – both in school and out. She speaks regularly on the importance of increasing participation numbers for both overall health and wellbeing, and also the development of elite talent.
– Hamm is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, and two-time World Cup winner with the USA.
– Hamm has a list of accolades include a top-3 place in the best female footballers of the 20th century, and was also named in the FIFA100 – a list of the 125 greatest living player, both male and female.
– Such was Hamm’s resonance in US pop-culture, she was once mentioned in the hit TV show Friends.
Did you know…
Mia founded the Mia Hamm Foundation following the death of her adopted brother to a rare blood disease. The foundation raises funds and awareness, helping families in need of bone marrow transplants.
“There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.” – Mia Hamm
Tanni Grey-Thompson, UK
One of the most recognisable figures of the early Paralympic movement, Wales’ Tanni Grey-Thompson continues to expand her influence as a champion for sport, disability rights and social issues in all spheres of life. Spina bifida – a defect of the backbone – never affected her outlook on life as a child growing up in Wales and, by the end of her career as a wheelchair racer in 2007, she had won 17 Paralympic medals and held 30 world records. Grey-Thompson’s stature as a public figure is as powerful as ever since retirement, now wielding a direct influence in British politics as a life peer in the House of Lords.
– Won 11 gold medals across four Paralympic Games (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004).
– Was asked by the UCI to participate on a three-person commission to investigate the Lance Armstrong doping scandal in 2012.
– One of 66 living ‘sporting legends’ to be a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which promotes social change through sport.
Did you know…
Grey-Thompson’s first name is Carys, but Tanni stuck ever since her sister called her ‘tiny’ after seeing her for the first time.
“People come up to me and say: ‘Oh, wow! How do you cope with being in a wheelchair?’ but there’s not ever a bit of me that thinks, ‘I wish I could walk!’, because walking wouldn’t give me anything I don’t have now.” – Tanni Grey-Thompson