Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers

Through sports training and competitions, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities find joy, acceptance and success. As their lives open up, athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement. They feel empowered.

They are ready to take on new leadership challenges to make use of their new abilities. They can become mentors for other athletes. They can train to become coaches and officials. They can also move toward a more public role as a speaker or spokesperson. They can speak to audiences and journalists about the positive changes that Special Olympics helped bring about in their lives. At Special Olympics, our athletes are empowered to share their many gifts and talents with society.

Yet, it's more than that. Our athletes also become empowered to be leaders in society -- and teach us all about acceptance and understanding.

Our athlete leaders are powerful and insightful speakers. To learn how to invite a Special Olympics leader to speak, please visit our speakers bureau page.
Athlete Leaders, 2015-2019
Special Olympics Botswana
Special Olympics Thailand
Special Olympics Virginia, USA
Special Olympics Nebraska , USA
Special Olympics Austria
Special Olympics Netherlands
Special Olympics Panama
Special Olympics Egypt
Special Olympics New Hampshire, USA
Special Olympics Macau
Special Olympics Indonesia
Special Olympics Republic of Korea