Upcoming Participants

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel made history at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 when she became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming, cruising to an American record in the 100-meter freestyle event. Manuel was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston, and found the sport through her older brothers, who participated in summer league swimming. In 2014, Manuel enrolled at Stanford University as she prepared for Rio, and in her Olympic debut, she earned two gold and two silver medals. Manuel had a blockbuster 2017, earning five gold medals and one bronze at the FINA World Aquatics Championships and helping the Stanford Cardinal to an NCAA swimming and diving national title, a feat the team repeated a year later. Her impressive resume includes winning the 2018 Honda Cup, an award given to the nation's top women's collegiate athlete, and 15 world championship medals, including 10 gold. She turned professional upon her graduation in 2018 and shortly after, she inked a deal with TYR that contains a provision to require a certain level of diversity, inclusion, and opportunities for under-represented groups. She is currently training for Tokyo, which would be her second Olympic Games.

Manuel will be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register.


Dr. Judith Brown Clarke

Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, an award-winning thought leader and diversity advocate, is the chief diversity officer (CDO) at Stony Brook University. She works in collaboration with campus partners to promote a culture at Stony Brook that values diversity and embraces equity and inclusion as essential to fulfilling the university’s educational and public service mission. Prior to her appointment at Stony Brook, Dr. Clarke was diversity director of Bio-Computational Evolution in Action Consortium (BEACON) Science and Technology Center at Michigan State University, a National Science Foundation-funded research consortium. She was responsible for the development, management and implementation of the seamless integration of diversity and inclusion strategies. Dr. Clarke holds both bachelor’s and master’s degree s  from MSU and a doctorate in public policy and administration from Western Michigan University. She is an Olympic silver medalist, having earned second place in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984.

Dr. Clarke will be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register. 




Dr. Kensa Gunter

Dr. Kensa Gunter is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She works in private practice in the metro Atlanta area, providing clinical and sport psychology services to adolescent and adult populations. Additionally, she offers consultation services to organizations and athletic personnel, including coaches, certified athletic trainers, athletic administrators and sports nutritionists. Dr. Gunter received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona, and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis.

Click here to view Dr. Gunter's appearance in Return to Sport: Learning with Team USA. She will also be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register. 



Past Participants

Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd  is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and  a  two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion  with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.  captain and  mainstay  of the national team for many years, L loyd earned her second world  title in 2019 as a veteran of the dominant U.S. squad.  In 2015, she led the red, white and blue with a stellar performance at the world cup that saw her  earn  two impressive awards : the Silver Boot, an award given to the second-highest goal scorer, and the Golden Ball , an award given to the best player in the tournament.  She is the first and only woman to score a hat trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final , a feat she achieved in  2015 After her world-class  performance  in the 2015 tournament , Lloyd earned FIFA Women’s World Player of the  Y ear honors, becoming just the third American to  claim that title Lloyd’s Olympic  career  began  at  the Olympic Games  Beijing  2008 ,  when she led Team USA  to  the gold-medal  victory over Brazil  by netting  the game-winning goal . The  squad  captured gold  again  in  London 2012 , with Lloyd scoring both of Team USA’s goals in a 2-1  win  over Japan.  Lloyd  is a native of New Jersey and is Rutgers University’s all-time leading scorer.  Her determination, grit and willingness to always empty the tank make her one of America’s best soccer players. 


Click here to view Lloyd's appearance in Return to Sport: Learning with Team USA. 


Ahmed Fareed

Ahmed Fareed currently serves as a host and reporter on a variety of sport events and properties across NBC and NBCSN. He served as a studio host for NBCUniversal’s presentations of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. A two-time Emmy Award winner, he was an anchor and reporter for the Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame LiveSportsNet Central and various studio shows.  Fareed joined NBC Sports Bay Area in January 2013 as co-anchor of the network’s signature show SportsNet Central, alongside Dave Feldman. Previously, he served as a host and reporter at MLB Network (2011-2012), appearing in studio programming, including MLB TonightHot StoveQuick Pitch and 30 Clubs in 30 DaysFareed, a native of Sparta, Michigan, is a 2002 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he majored in broadcast journalism.

Fareed served as the moderator for Return to Sport: Learning with Team USA and will return to that role in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct. 1. Click here to register.