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Etan Thomas

NBA Player & Poet

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Etan Thomas is more than an athlete. He's been called a "gentle giant," a "rebounder with a cause." Now the world can add published author to that list! With the release of his first collection of poems, Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career. With the conviction of a Bill Russell and the poetic finesse of a Muhammad Ali, Thomas takes on controversial topics such as the death penalty, the GOP, racism, and abortion.

Born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thomas's childhood was surrounded by books on the civil rights movement, politics, and the 1960s. He was greatly influenced by his mother, Deborah Thomas, a schoolteacher who traveled with Thomas and his younger brother back home to Harlem every summer, attending plays and poetry readings.

This young, fiery poet approaches his work fearlessly. Described by Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar as "the poetic voice of his generation" and by hip-hop legend Chuck D of Public Enemy as "a portal of our future," Etan Thomas has made his mark far beyond the boundaries of a basketball court. Never afraid to voice his opinions, he has been an outspoken pillar in the community. He is a recipient of the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award and the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Inc. Legacy Award, and his body of work includes serving as a surrogate for the Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign. He was also a guest speaker with DNC Chair Governor Howard Dean during the "Register for Change" 50-State Bus Tour Campaign. The author of a collection of poems released in 2005 called More Than an Athlete, his writings have appeared on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, Hoopshype.com, and Slam Online.

Thomas graduated from Syracuse University as a two-time Big East defensive player of the year and the school's all-time leader in block shots. Picked by Dallas in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft, he eventually ended up playing for the Washington Wizards, where he became impressed with the political activism surrounding him. He has been invited to speak at the Congressional Black Caucus and has worked heavily with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a vocal opponent of the death penalty.

Books
We Matter: Athletes and Activism (Edge of Sports)

We Matter: Athletes and Activism (Edge of Sports)

Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

Voices of the Future

Voices of the Future

More Than an Athlete: Poems by Etan Thomas

More Than an Athlete: Poems by Etan Thomas

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  • More Than an Athlete: A Conversation with Etan Thomas

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Etan Thomas Biography

Etan Thomas is more than an athlete. He's been called a "gentle giant," a "rebounder with a cause." Now the world can add published author to that list! With the release of his first collection of poems, Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career. With the conviction of a Bill Russell and the poetic finesse of a Muhammad Ali, Thomas takes on controversial topics such as the death penalty, the GOP, racism, and abortion.

Born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thomas's childhood was surrounded by books on the civil rights movement, politics, and the 1960s. He was greatly influenced by his mother, Deborah Thomas, a schoolteacher who traveled with Thomas and his younger brother back home to Harlem every summer, attending plays and poetry readings.

This young, fiery poet approaches his work fearlessly. Described by Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar as "the poetic voice of his generation" and by hip-hop legend Chuck D of Public Enemy as "a portal of our future," Etan Thomas has made his mark far beyond the boundaries of a basketball court. Never afraid to voice his opinions, he has been an outspoken pillar in the community. He is a recipient of the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award and the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Inc. Legacy Award, and his body of work includes serving as a surrogate for the Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign. He was also a guest speaker with DNC Chair Governor Howard Dean during the "Register for Change" 50-State Bus Tour Campaign. The author of a collection of poems released in 2005 called More Than an Athlete, his writings have appeared on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, Hoopshype.com, and Slam Online.

Thomas graduated from Syracuse University as a two-time Big East defensive player of the year and the school's all-time leader in block shots. Picked by Dallas in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft, he eventually ended up playing for the Washington Wizards, where he became impressed with the political activism surrounding him. He has been invited to speak at the Congressional Black Caucus and has worked heavily with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a vocal opponent of the death penalty.

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Etan Thomas Speaking Topics

  • More Than an Athlete: A Conversation with Etan Thomas

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  • How to book Etan Thomas?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Etan Thomas for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Etan Thomas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Etan Thomas or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Etan Thomas?

    Booking fees for Etan Thomas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Etan Thomas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Etan Thomas?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Etan Thomas for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Etan Thomas for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Etan Thomas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Etan Thomas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Etan Thomas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as More Than an Athlete: A Conversation with Etan Thomas. The estimated speaking fee range to book Etan Thomas for your event is available upon request. Etan Thomas generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Juan Williams, Montel Williams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Three Doctors and Dr. Ian Smith. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Etan Thomas for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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