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Speakers Bureau

Thank you for your interest in requesting a speaker from Special Olympics. Special Olympics is a global movement creating a world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of their level of ability.

We are striving to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time. We have many speakers available. 

Many of our Special Olympics athletes are skilled and persuasive speakers. Every four years, exceptional athletes are chosen as International Global Messengers. Their role is to speak on behalf of Special Olympics at events around the world.

We also have Unified youth pairs who can tell the story of the transforming power of Unified Champion Schools and Unified Sports.

Our Board of Directors is made up of business and sport leaders, professional athletes, educators and experts in intellectual disabilities from around the world. Many of them will agree to speak on behalf of our organization. Our Chief Executive Officer, Mary Davis, and our Chairman, Tim Shriver, both are experienced and compelling speakers.

How to Request a Speaker

To request a speaker, download and fill out our Speaker Request Form and send it to us by email

In order to provide sufficient time to search for an appropriate speaker, please submit your request at least 6 to 8 weeks before your event.