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 become mentors for other athletes. They train to become coaches and officials. They also move toward a more public role as a speaker or spokesperson. They 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, 2019-2023
Special Olympics Philippines
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Brazil
Special Olympics Colorado
Special Olympics Pakistan
Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics Hong Kong
Special Olympics Kuwait
Special Olympics Zimbabwe
Special Olympics Hawaii

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