Forbes' 30 Under 30 Sports Edition: Who Made the Cut?

Every year, Forbes Magazine launches a curated list of 30 deserving individuals under the age of 30 who shift the culture in varying industries. With the help of Houston Rockets' James Harden, Nike Chairman Emeritus, Phil Knight, and Casey Wasserman, Chairman & CEO of Wasserman Media Group and a host of 30 under 30 alum, Forbes' annual the sports edition of this list strikes again with the editor's picks of the top 30 influencers of the culture, who all make a major impact and just so happen to be extremely successful in their respective careers, including sports bloggers/reporters, agents, and industry executives.

Amongst this cluster of young professionals are some of my favorite athletes, such as Simone Biles, Russell Westbrook, and Sydney Leroux, all who have inspired me tremendously with their individual stories and insane dedication to what they love. It is also really impressive to see Katie Nolan on the list, who is a Fox Sports news reporter and host of the YouTube channel/podcast,  Garbage Time, representing big time for the lady sports enthusiasts in the wonderful world of sports journalism.

Who made the cut this year:

  1. Julia Landauer (25) Stock Car Driver, NASCAR
  2. Sydney Leroux (26) U.S. forward, FC Kansas City
  3. Kyrie Irving (24) PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Akshay Khanna (29) VP of Strategy, Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Von Miller (27) OL, Denver Broncos
  6. Katie Nolan (29) TV Host, Fox Sports
  7. Simone Biles (19) Gymnast, Team USA
  8. Chloe Kim (16) Snowboarder, Team USA
  9. Martellus Bennett (29) TE, New England Patriots
  10. Patrick Kane (28) Right wing, Chicago Blackhawks
  11. Tatyana McFadden (27) Wheelchair Marathon athlete, Team USA
  12. Nigel Sylvester (29) BMX Rider
  13. Shakur Stevenson (19) Boxer, Team USA 
  14. Nneka Ogwumike (26) Power forward, Los Angeles Sparks
  15. Collin Meador (29) Investment associate, San Francisco 49ers
  16. Andrew Barge (29) Content Development Manager, Twitter
  17. Javier Hernandez (28) Forward, Bayer Leverkusen
  18. Carey Price (29) Goalie, Montreal Canadiens
  19. Chris Sale (27) Pitcher, Boston Red Sox
  20. Draymond Green (26) Forward, Golden State Warriors
  21. Mookie Betts (24) Right fielder, Boston Red Sox
  22. Odell Beckham Jr. (24) WR, New York Giants
  23. Kate Pratt (28) Director of Marketing Partnerships and Team Sales, Madison Square Garden Company
  24. Alessandro Babini (25) Cofounder, Humon
  25. Elena Delle Donne (27) Shooting Guard, Chicago Sky
  26. Justin Zayat (24) VP, Zayat Stables
  27. Grant Norris-Jones (27) Director of Intergrated Partnerships, FanDuel
  28. Milos Raonic (26) Tennis Player, Team Canada
  29. Evan Shugerman (28), Sports Partnerships Manager, Facebook
  30. Jake Stone (26) Director of Business Development, Omnigon

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source: Brautigan, Bailey. "30 Under 30: Meet The Young Superstars From The World Of Sports." Forbes Magazine. 4 Jan 2017: 2017.

Photo cred: Mo’ne Davis; Eric Risberg/AP. Steph Curry: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images. Katie Nolan; David Yellen/The Boston Globe. Russell Westbrook; Ben Watts/ESPN the Magazine. Antonio Brown; Joe Sargent/Getty Images. Sydney Leroux; Dylan Coulter