Chief and Executive Producer, Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration


Peter Wheeler


As Chief & Executive Producer, Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration, Peter Wheeler is responsible for leading the Special Olympics movement's efforts to commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Prior to assuming this position, he led Special Olympics’ broadcasting strategy and planning, as well as the legacy effort worldwide around the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai. In this role he served as a producer for several broadcast events, including the Opening Ceremony, Global Family Forum Show, Global Youth Summit and the Special Spirit in China Show.

Previously, Wheeler held a variety of senior executive positions within Special Olympics, including Executive Vice President responsible for leading The Campaign for Special Olympics, the movement’s first major fundraising campaign initiative; and was Vice President of External Affairs, responsible for the oversight of fundraising and communications worldwide. As Chief Communications Officer, he was responsible for leading the global communications strategies. 

Other leadership roles in the 33 years Wheeler has been involved with Special Olympics include:  Executive Director for the Special Olympics World Games in Connecticut in 1995, and Program Director of Special Olympics Massachusetts.