"I feel like I am the person I am today because I played sports."
Summer Sanders pursues and achieves excellence in all facets of her career, be it in front of the television camera or in the swimming pool. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer: winning two gold medals swimming the butterfly, a silver medal, and a bronze medal. She is one of the rare athletes who was able to transition from competition in the pool to working on-camera on a variety of sports and other topics.
In the summer of 2005, Sanders co-hosted the FOX hit show "Skating with Celebrities" alongside fellow Olympian figure skater Scott Hamilton. Sanders helped make the show a hit by using her personality and charm to win over the viewers in between the skating numbers.
Sanders also hosted the entertaining Fox Sports show "The Sports List," which debuted in July 2004. "The Sports List" focused on various aspects of sports from a superlative point of view, including the biggest meltdowns ever, the sexiest athlete, the dumbest plays in history, and the greatest moments in sports, among others. In addition, Sanders also hosted "Beg, Borrow, & Deal" on ESPN in 2004.
Sanders co-hosted NBA "Inside Stuff" on NBC, from 1997 to 2005. Sanders worked in the studio and traveled the country to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the players and personalities of the NBA and WNBA drafts. She also followed the exciting action that the leagues provided throughout the year. Summer's favorite part of working for "Inside Stuff" was being able to sit down with the players to find out firsthand what it's like to play the world's most popular game.
In addition, Sanders worked with NBC as a correspondent for "The Today Show" during the 2000 Olympics. She also co-hosted alongside Jim Lampley on the popular kids' Olympic show "Scholastic at the Olympics." Sanders was a sideline reporter for the WNBA, and was also an on-air correspondent for the Ford Gorge Games in Portland, Oregon. She also was a correspondent for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Sanders hosted the syndicated show U.S. Olympic Gold, which tracked athletes in their pursuit towards both the winter and summer Olympics. Her passion to communicate with kids was underscored as the hip and funny host of Nickelodeon's hit game show, "Figure it Out."
In her two years at Stanford, Sanders won six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships. Sanders earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards, and propelled Stanford to a National Championship in 1992. If Sanders' busy schedule was not enough, she often finds time to stop by pools, and talks with young fans aspiring to be just like her.
After a brief hiatus spending time with her family, Sanders has jumped back into the spotlight doing correspondent work for "Good Morning America," "The Rachel Ray Show," and most recently NBC's Universal Sports Network.
Summer's charity is Right To Play.
Throughout her life and career, Summer has always been involved with sports, which is why she works closely with Right to Play to bring sports and play to children in developing countries that have been affected by war. Right to Play teaches children about inclusion and conflict resolution through sports, while also restoring a sense of community. Summer started with Right to Play in 1996 with her first trip to Rwanda and she witnessed firsthand the ways in which people were brought together once sport and play was introduced. Since then, Summer has traveled to many other countries and she's constantly inspired by what can happen when you throw a ball to a group of kids and watch them run with it.