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Special Olympics Ambassadors

As icons of success from diverse industries such as sports, music, entertainment, media, and beyond, Special Olympics Global 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.
Alia Atkinson, Special Olympics

Alia Atkinson

Olympic Swimmer, Commander of the Order of Distinction
Andre Drummond, Special Olympics Ambassador

Andre Drummond

NBA All-Star & Rebound Champion, Chicago Bulls
Apolo Anton Ohno, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Apolo Anton Ohno

Olympic Medalist (Speedskating)
Avril Lavigne, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Avril Lavigne

Musician & Philanthropist
Robert "Bob" Beamon, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Robert "Bob" Beamon

Olympic Champion, Long Jump
Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Chris Nikic

Special Olympics Triathlete/Motivational Speaker
Dale Moss, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Dale Moss

Former National Football League Player
Dalton Risner, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Dalton Risner

NFL Player, Minnesota Vikings, Offensive Guard
Damian Lillard, Special Olympics Ambassador

Damian Lillard

NBA All Star, Milwaukee Bucks
Devin Booker in his Phoenix Suns jersey.

Devin Booker

NBA All-Star, Phoenix Suns
Didier Drogba, Special Olympics Board of Directors Member

Didier Drogba

Legendary Professional Football (Soccer) Player
Dikembe Mutombo, Special Olympics Board of Directors and Global Ambassador

Dikembe Mutombo

Hall of Fame NBA Player
Drew McIntyre, WWE Superstar

Drew McIntyre

WWE Superstar, (World Wrestling Entertainment) WWE
Eddie Barbanell, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Eddie Barbanell

Actor & Comedian
Eddie Yarbrough, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Eddie Yarbrough

Former NFL Player

Elena Delle Donne

WNBA Player, Washington Mystics
Emma Broyles Miss America 2022

Emma Broyles

Miss America 2022
Erika Ender, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Erika Ender

Singer/Songwriter, TV Celebrity, Producer and Actress
Gaby Dabrowski, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Gabriela (Gaby) Dabrowski

Professional Tennis Player, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
Gleyber Torres, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Gleyber Torres

2x MLB All-Star, New York Yankees Shortstop
Hannah Teter, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Hannah Teter

Olympic Champion, Snowboarder
Hidetoshi Nakata, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Hidetoshi Nakata

Former Professional Footballer, ACCA Inc
Hussein Fahmy, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Hussein Fahmy

Egyptian Actor
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Olympic Champion, Fencing
In-Kyung Kim, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

In-Kyung Kim

Professional Golfer
Jamaal Charles, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Jamaal Charles

Former Football Player at National Football League (NFL) & All Pro Runningback
John C. McGinley, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

John C. McGinley

Actor & Advocate
Julen Lopetegui, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Julen Lopetegui

Legendary Soccer Goaltender & current Manager of FC Sevilla
Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt, Special Olympics Champion Ambassadors

Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt

New York Times Bestselling Author | Actor, Producer
Li Na, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Li Na

Former Professional Tennis Player, two time grand slam champion, The first Chinese member of the ITHF
Lily D Moore Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Lily D Moore

Actress and Model
Mack Hollins, NFL Player, Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver

Mack Hollins

NFL Player, Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver
Maureen McCormick, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Maureen McCormick

Actress, Designer, Singer, NY Times Bestselling Author
Michael Phelps, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Michael Phelps

Olympic Champion, Swimming
Michelle Kwan, Special Olympics Treasurer and Global Ambassador

Michelle Kwan

Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating
Montell Jordan, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Montell Jordan

International Recording Artist/Pastor
Nadia Comaneci, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Nadia Comaneci

Olympic Champion, Gymnastics, Perfect 10 Production, Inc., Special Olympics Global Ambassador
Nicole Scherzinger, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Nicole Scherzinger

International Recording Artist & Television Personality
Nigel Barker, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador, CEO, Studio NB Inc., Fashion Photographer, Author, and TV Personality

Nigel Barker

Fashion Photographer, TV Personality, Producer/Filmmaker
Padraig Harrington, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Padraig Harrington

Professional Golfer
Big Show (Paul Donald Wight II), Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Paul Wight

Six-Time WWE World Champion
Ricky Rubio, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Ricky Rubio

Former NBA Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
Sam Perkins, Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Nyasha Derera Chair, Global Athlete Congress; Special Olympics Athlete, Zimbabwe; Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger

Sam Perkins

Olympic Champion, Basketball & NBA Legend
Seun Adigun, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Dr. Seun Adigun

Summer & Winter Olympian, Hurdles & Bobsledding
Tristan Thompson, Special Olympics Ambassador

Tristan Thompson

NBA Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers
Vanessa Williams, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Vanessa Williams

Singer & Broadway Performer
Victoria Arlen, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Victoria Arlen

ESPN SportsCenter Host
Vladimir 'Vanja' Grbic, Special Olympics Ambassador

Vladimir 'Vanja' Grbic

Olympic Medalist, Volleyball
Willson Contreras - St. Louis Cardinals

Willson Contreras

2x MLB All-Star, St. Louis Cardinals Catcher
Yang Lan, Special Olympics Board of Directors and Global Ambassador

Yang Lan

Media Entrepreneur, Journalist, Talk Show Host, Special Olympics Board Member
Yang Yang, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Yang Yang

Olympic Champion, Speed Skating
Yao Ming, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Yao Ming

NBA All Star & Chairman of the International Basketball Federation Asia (FIBA)
Zhou Guanyu, Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Formula 1 Driver (Alfa Romeo F1 Team)

Zhou Guanyu

Formula 1 Driver (Alfa Romeo F1 Team)
Zhou Xun, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Zhou Xun

Actress, Singer & Philanthropic Environmentalist
Zou Shimming, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Zou Shiming

Olympic Champion, Boxing

Alumni Ambassadors

Our Alumni Ambassadors are former Ambassadors who graciously dedicated their time and talent to support our Special Olympics family. They continue to be allies of the movement and have established a legacy of goodwill around our worldwide mission of inclusion for which we are eternally grateful.

Benedetto Saraceno

Health Expert & Advocate

Cafu (Marcos Evangelista de Morais)

Legendary Professional Soccer Player

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco

Olympian & World Champion Swimmer

Gracie Hunt

Inclusion activist, Unified Partner and Philanthropist

Joe Haden

Former NFL Player & All Pro Defensive Back

Lauren Potter

Actor & Advocate

Maria Menounos

Actor & New York Times Best-Selling Author

Nancy O'Dell

Media Personality

Ricardo Montaner

Grammy Award Winning Singer & Songwriter

Scott Hamilton

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating

Yuna Kim

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating