The morning that actor Charles Melton was announced as the newest Special Olympics Global Ambassador, People covered the announcement in an article titled Riverdale's Charles Melton Is the Newest Special Olympics Global Ambassador: 'I'm Pretty Excited.'
People shared this quote from Melton.
"I grew up with sports, and sports has been a strong cornerstone in my life as far as building relationships and having a community," he says. "In this role, I want to bring awareness to Special Olympics and what they believe in, which I believe in as well, which is the power of what sports can create and how sports can create a more inclusive world where people feel accepted and safe."
Best known for his role as Reggie Mantle on the teen drama television series "Riverdale," Charles Melton is one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, who continues to captivate audiences worldwide. In addition to his TV work, some of his film credits include the highly successful feature "Bad Boys for Life” opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and "The Sun is Also a Star" with Yara Shahidi. He will next star in the film "Swing" opposite Michael Shannon.
Inspired by talking with students at Warren High School (USA), a Special Olympics Unified Champion School©, Charles looks forward to continuing his work supporting the #UnifiedGeneration through inclusive youth leadership opportunities and Special Olympics Unified Sports®. He will use his voice and platform to elevate awareness of Special Olympics and advocate worldwide for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Melon is already busy in his new role. The day before the announcement, he reposted this challenge on Instagram from Special Olympics Kansas and Youth Ambassador Gracie Flanagan and in the first few hours, it receive over 200,000 likes.