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 red Special Olympics Play Unified t-shirt.

NBA All-Star & Rebound Champion, Los Angeles Lakers
Apolo Anton Ohno, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Short Track Speedskating
Avril Lavigne, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Musician & Philanthropist
Benedetto Saraceno, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Health Expert & Advocate
Big Show (Paul Donald Wight II), Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Six-Time WWE World Champion
Robert "Bob" Beamon, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Long Jump
Cafu (Marcos Evangelista de Morais), Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Legendary Professional Soccer Player
Dale Moss, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Model, Actor & Media Personality
Damian Lillard, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

NBA All-Star, Phoenix Suns
Didier Drogba, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Hall of Fame NBA Player
Eddie Barbanell, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Actor & Comedian

WNBA Player, Washington Mystics
Erika Ender, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Singer / Songwriter, TV Celebrity, Producer & Actress
Gleyber Torres, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Olympic Champion, Snow Boarding
Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympian & World Champion Swimmer
Hidetoshi Nakata, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Legendary Professional Soccer Player
Hussein Fahmy, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Egyptian Actor
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Professional Golfer
Jamaal Charles, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Former NFL Player & All Pro Runningback
Joe Haden, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

NFL Player
John C. McGinley, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Actor & Advocate
Julen Lopetegui, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Legendary Soccer Goaltender & current Manager of FC Sevilla
Ladlena and Vyacheslav Fetisova, Special Olympics Global Ambassadors

Gymnast & Actress | Olympic Champion, Ice Hockey & Legendary Soviet Ice Hockey Player & Former NHL Player
Lauren Potter, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Actor & Advocate
Li Na, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Former Professional Tennis Player, WTA
Maria Menounos, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Actor & New York Times Best-Selling Author
Maureen McCormick, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Actor, Singer, New York Times Best-Selling Author
Michael Phelps, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating
Nadia Comaneci, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Gymnastics
Nancy O'Dell, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Media Personality
Nicole Scherzinger, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

International Recording Artist & Television Personality
Padraig Harrington, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Professional Golfer
Ricardo Montaner, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Grammy Award Winning Singer & Songwriter
Ricky Rubio, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Olympic Champion, Basketball & NBA Legend
Scott Hamilton, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating
Seun Adigun, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Summer & Winter Olympian, Hurdles & Bobsledding
Vanessa Williams, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Singer & Broadway Performer
Vladimir 'Vanja' Grbic, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Volleyball
Willson Contreras, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

2x MLB All-Star, Chicago Cubs Catcher
Yang Lan, Special Olympics Board of Directors and Global Ambassador

Leading Broadcast Journalist & Media Entrepreneur
Yang Yang, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

NBA All Star & Chairman of the International Basketball Federation Asia (FIBA)
Yuna Kim, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Olympic Champion, Figure Skating
Zhou Xun, Special Olympics Global Ambassador

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

Olympic Champion, Boxing
Ambassador Spotlights
Ten years ago, pro-golfer Padraig Harrington joined Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador and has remained a constant presences ever since.
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One of Special Olympics’ newest Champion Ambassadors is also one of the youngest. In many ways, Lily D Moore is a typical teen who enjoys cooking, cheerleading and experimenting with make-up and hairstyles. But as an actress with Down syndrome, she is breaking stereotypes playing Rebecca on the Netflix series Never Have I Ever.
Big Show is one of the most decorated WWE champions in history, an actor and a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. He has earned the respect of athletes around the world by attending any event he can, encouraging other WWE stars to participate in the movement and crafting ideas to keep athletes healthy and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.
Alia Atkinson, Special Olympics

Olympic Swimmer, Commander Class Order of Distinction (CD)- Jamaica
Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Special Olympics Triathlete/Motivational Speaker
Dalton Risner, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Offensive Guard, Denver Broncos
Eddie Yarbrough, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings
Gaby Dabrowski, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Professional Tennis Player, WTA
Lily D Moore Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Actress and Model
Mack Hollins, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Montell Jordan, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

International Recording Artist/Pastor
Nigel Barker, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador

Fashion Photographer, TV Personality, Producer/Filmmaker