Playing their Hearts Out

Posted by Amber Kelleher on Feb 15, 2011 3:09:00 AM

We recently completed an interview for Sports Illustrated and it's in this week's issue!


Okay, sports superstars don't normally advertise in the personals. But that doesn't mean it's any easier for them, celebrity, wealth and all-star physiques notwithstanding, to find true love. Is it any surprise then, in this era of The Millionaire Matchmaker, that there's a similar service playing Cupid to the sporting elite?

Amber Kelleher-Andrews, co-owner of the California-based "personal-search" firm Kelleher International, estimates that 20% of her clients are current or former pro athletes, a roster that includes former NBA and MLB All-Stars, baseball executives and six-time Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens (left). These guys have no trouble getting a date for Friday night. But finding a soulmate, when groupies target athletes with the help of websites like, can be far trickier.

Kelleher's company vets candidates from a vast database, and though the service, at $25,000 to $150,000 at the "elite" level, doesn't come cheap, for many athletes it's well worth it.

"A client once told me $100,000 is nothing," Kelleher-Andrews says. "He'd just spent $4 million on his divorce."

Owens, for one, says he takes dating very seriously. "You really need to be smart with who you choose to let into your life," he says. Still, he's always open for a pass.

Topics: Meet the Matchmaker

Whether you are a new client flying off to Paris for your first match or have been happily married for more than twenty years, Kelleher International wants to be your resource to make your journey of love wildly fulfilling, exciting, dynamic, and deeply passionate.

We’ll talk about strategies for dating success, navigating relationship land mines, and the mindset it takes to find love and make it blossom.  We will put current events in the context of seeking love and even give you a little window into the match making business and how a centuries-old tradition continues to evolve in our modern world.  The “right one” is out there for you, so check back weekly for updates or follow us on Twitter to make the most of our partnership in your future.

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