9 Reasons Why You Should Hire Athletes

21 May 2020 James Sullivan

Hiring Athletes - example Basketball player. TheDriveGroup

The Fortune 500 is an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine. The list ranks the top 500 U.S. corporations as per their gross revenue.

In 2015 the top 5 were: Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway, and Apple.

In 2020 the top 5 doesn't look too different: Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon.com.

When reading these lists I think of old grey haired billionaires like Warren Buffet or tech geniuses such as Steve Jobs.

In 2015 I came across the following stat, which changed my whole perspective and blew my mind:

  95% of Fortune 500 CEOs played college sports!

I looked into it a bit more and discovered the following:

  • John Donahoe, CEO of Ebay: 'Basketball Junkie' at Dartmouth.

  • Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo: Played cricket at 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.

The list went on…

I doubt we will ever know for sure how accurate 95% is.

Either way the following 9 reasons are something I agree with and truly believe in. 


Reasons for hiring athletes. I.T. Solutions. TheDriveGroup

Do you believe playing sports helps you to do better professionally?