95% of Fortune 500 CEOs Were Athletes

Alex Flanagan, reporter and host for NFL Network and NBC Sports, is also a mother to children who play sports. She started a blog for sports parents called, I Love to Watch You Play, where she shares insights into how she personally balances life and youth sports and useful information for sports parents everywhere. Recently she shared the infographic below from recruiting company, The Drive Group, on their top nine reasons why you should hire athletes. The graphic shows a great representation of the life lessons learned in youth sports that correlate to being a successful business person. We couldn’t agree with the reasons more! The statistic “95% of Fortune 500 CEOs played college sports” is impressive, but the numbers don’t lie. Here are just a few on the list:

  • John Donahoe, CEO of Ebay: 'Basketball Junkie' at Dartmouth.
  • Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo: Played cricket in college in India.
  • Walter Robb, CEO of Whole Foods: Played Soccer at Stanford.
  • Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America: Crazy about Rugby and played at Brown.


[Infographic – credit: The Drive Group]

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