Kester Edwards

Two smiling men stand with an award with a group of smiling co-workers behind them.
Kester Edwards smiles as he poses with Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver. Kester had just received his local Honorary ESPY award.

Kester Edwards is a longtime Special Olympics athlete, former Special Olympics International Board of Directors member, and member of the very first class of Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers.

He is currently the Manager of Sport and Development at Special Olympics in Washington, D.C. He is known as a sports innovator who played a pivotal role in bringing an endurance sport -- open water swimming -- to Special Olympics.

His goal was to challenge our athletes in a bold new way. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Kester was sent to Happy Haven School for people with intellectual disabilities. At the age of 9, he started training as a Special Olympics swimmer -- and learned success for the first time.

He went on to compete in football (soccer), basketball, volleyball and floor hockey. He competed in the 1987 World Summer Games; by 1995, he was serving as an official at the Special Olympics World Games in Connecticut. Thanks to Kester, open water swimming is an official Special Olympics sport.

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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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Kester Edwards gets his local Honorary ESPY award in a spirited meeting at Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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