Special Olympics Ambassadors

As icons of success from diverse industries such as sports, music, entertainment, media, and beyond, Special Olympics Global and Champion Ambassadors generously lend their time, talent, and resources to support the Special Olympics mission. They are inspirational role models who share a belief in the power to come together, break down barriers, and foster a world of inclusion while supporting Special Olympics’ expansion of sports, health, youth, and education programs.
Global Ambassadors
Our Global Ambassador appointees advocate for Special Olympics worldwide across all programmatic areas while maintaining a dedicated interest in at least one area of focus in health, youth, education and sport during a minimum two-year term.
Andre Drummond in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

NBA All-Star & Rebound Champion,
Cleveland Cavaliers
Apolo Ohno's standing in front of a light blue wall in a black jacket and white and black striped shirt

Olympic Champion, Short Track Speedskating
Avril Lavigne black and white professional profile photo.

Musician & Philanthropist
Benedetto Saraceno standing in front of the ocean.

Health Expert & Advocate

Six-Time World Champion WWE Professional Wrestler
Robert "Bob" Beamon in a black suite and tie with a white and black vertical striped collared shirt.

Olympic Champion, Long Jump
Cafu wearing his yellow and green jersey with a blue gold and red ribbon around his neck holding and kissing a gold trophy

Legendary Professional Soccer Player

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Model, Actor & Media Personality
Damian Lillard in his Portland jersey.

NBA All Star, Portland Trailblazers
Devin Booker in his Phoenix Suns jersey.

NBA All-Star, Phoenix Suns

Legendary Professional Soccer Player
Dikembe Mutombo

Hall of Fame NBA Player
Eddie Barbanell in a red polo with his hands clasped in front of him looking at the photographer.

Actor & Comedian

WNBA Player, Washington Mystics
Erika Ender head shot

Singer / Songwriter, TV Celebrity, Producer & Actress
Gleyber Torres in his black New York Yankees hat

2x MLB All-Star, New York Yankees Shortstop

Olympic Champion, Snow Boarding

Olympian & World Champion Swimmer

Legendary Professional Soccer Player
Hussein Fahmy smiling in a tuxedo.

Egyptian Actor
Ibtihaj Muhammad headshot

Olympic Champion, Fencing
In-Kyung Kim smiling and wearing a power global branded polo

Professional Golfer
Jamaal Charles in a gray puma t-shirt holding an American football.

Former NFL Player & All Pro Runningback
Joe Haden

NFL Player
John C. McGinley in a red zip up Special Olympics sweater with the American flag in the background.

Actor & Advocate

Legendary Soccer Goaltender & current Manager of FC Sevilla
Ladlena and Vyacheslav Fetisova standing together, his arm is around her; he has on a decorated formal uniform.

Gymnast & Actress | Olympic Champion, Ice Hockey & Legendary Soviet Ice Hockey Player & Former NHL Player

Actor & Advocate
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Professional Tennis Player

Actor & New York Times Best-Selling Author
Maureen McCormick

Actor, Singer, New York Times Best-Selling Author
Michael Phelps on stage at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Olympic Champion, Swimming
Michelle Kwan

Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating
Headshot of Nadia Comaneci

Olympic Champion, Gymnastics
Nancy O'Dell standing in a red zip up dress and smiling

Media Personality

International Recording Artist & Television Personality

Professional Golfer
Ricardo Montaner stoically staring at the photographer.

Grammy Award Winning Singer & Songwriter

NBA Player, Phoenix Suns
Sam Perkins standing with a young man in a bowling alley

Olympic Champion, Basketball & NBA Legend

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating
Professional photo of Seun Adigun in her Under Armor black, green, and white athletic suite.

Summer & Winter Olympian, Hurdles & Bobsledding
Vanessa Williams

Singer & Broadway Performer
Vladmir Grobic holding a special souvenir.

Olympic Champion, Volleyball
Willson Contreras on 2020 Chicago Cubs Photo Day

2x MLB All-Star, Chicago Cubs Catcher
Yang Lan in a blue business suite.

Leading Broadcast Journalist & Media Entrepreneur
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Olympic Champion, Speed Skating

NBA All Star & Chairman of the International Basketball Federation Asia (FIBA)
Special Olympics LA 2015 World Games

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating
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Actress, Singer & Philanthropic Environmentalist
Ambassador Spotlights
Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend
As a Special Olympics Global Ambassador and member of Special Olympics Board of Directors, Dikembe Mutombo, NBA legend, has brought the movement to places it had never been. In his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he founded the Special Olympics Congo program and built four homes for people with intellectual disabilities.
Thank You for Building an Inclusive World
Thank You for Building an Inclusive World
All month, Special Olympics is celebrating Champions of Inclusion—leaders who are building a more just and joyful world for all! It’s the perfect time for our athlete leaders to send a message to our Global Ambassadors and Champion Ambassadors, who work tirelessly year-round to champion respect for people of all abilities. We appreciate you!
Erika Ender, Grammy-Winning Composer & Singer
Though singer-songwriter Erika Ender has only been a Special Olympics Global Ambassador for two years, this Panama native has supported athletes at events globally. From traveling to Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to meeting Unified Champion Schools© students in Miami, she is always ready to lend her voice to people with intellectual disabilities.
Champion Ambassadors
Our Champion Ambassadors engage with Special Olympics within a country, region, or state of recruitment and dedicate their time to specifically support one area of focus to help bring awareness to the important work of Special Olympics.
Nigel Barker in a black t-shirt smiling for his headshot.

Fashion Photographer, TV Personality, Producer/Filmmaker
Lilly D Moore's headshot

Actress and Model
Eddie Yarbrough in his Minnesota Vikings uniform.

Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings
Dalton Risner Denver Bronco's team photo.

Offensive Guard, Denver Broncos