LIMELIGHT: Shaun White
Dual-sport professional athlete in snowboarding and skateboarding, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, musician, designer and entrepreneur, Shaun White has catapulted the world of action sports into popular culture. With a business acumen as lofty as his massive air on the half pipe, audiences will be floored by his personal story and insights into building a lasting and wildly successful global brand.
With his signature red hair and laid-back personality, Shaun White maintains some of the highest accolades within snowboarding and skateboarding. Despite being born with a congenital heart defect, Shaun started snowboarding at age six and immediately showed an uncanny talent for the sport. By seven, Shaun had not only won a series of snowboarding competitions and landed a sponsorship with Burton Snowboards but also caught the eye of Tony Hawk at a San Diego skate park. Throughout the years, Shaun has amassed numerous titles and victories, most notably 3 Winter Olympic gold medals in 2006, 2010 and 2018 where he earned the 100th gold medal. He is the only athlete with two perfect 100 scores. In 2003, he became the first athlete ever to compete and medal in both the Summer and Winter X Games, where he holds the record for gold medals (15) and the highest overall medal count (23). He won 10 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male US Olympic Athlete.
Off the board, Shaun has achieved major accomplishments in the business world as well. He has been a valuable brand ambassador for Burton, Oakley, Red Bull, Ubisoft, Hewlett-Packard and many more. His clothing lines for Target and Macy’s have been a massive success. He also earned the number two spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of 100 Most Powerful and Marketable Athletes and was ranked 10th among athletes on the Forbes Fab 40: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands. Shaun White is an inspiration around the world and a prime example of a talented kid who turned his athleticism into an empire.
Shaun White is part of Tampa Theatre’s LIMELIGHT speaker series’ 2020 lineup (CLICK HERE to see the rest of the schedule). LIMELIGHT series subscriptions are available as a four-event ticket bundle for $165.00 – $225.00, plus applicable fees. A limited number of VIP packages are also available for $600.00 plus fees, which include premium show seating, photo ops with the speakers, and a pre-event cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar each event night.
This series is presented by the Vinik Family Foundation. Support for the series is provided by the Triad Foundation; Sabal Trust; Film Tampa Bay; Visit Tampa Bay; the DeBartolo Family Foundation; Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.; and Oxford Exchange. Media consideration is provided by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; Tampa Bay METRO magazine; 83 Degrees Media; and WEDU-PBS.