Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers

Hanna Joy Atkinson standing with a young man in front of a company logo that reads: Channel Kindness.
This blog article, written by Hanna Joy Atkinson, a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, was originally posted by Special Olympics North America. Lady Gaga recently interviewed Hanna who served as a reporter for Lady Gaga’s Channel Kindness, the digital platform for her Born This Way Foundation.
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Daniel interviewing Apolo Ohno
“Just like in the Olympics and just like right now, we have to get back up, we have to throw ourselves towards the finish line and we have to continuously keep adapting and reinventing ourselves.”
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Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and host of Special Chronicles Daniel Smrokowski (left) and Special Olympics Chief Health Officer Dr. Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, (right).
Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger Daniel Smrokowski is the founder and host of the podcast Special Chronicles Show, which he started in 2008 to give voice to people with special needs.
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A picture of Loretta with text that reads: Happy Birthday Loretta Claiborne. The text is illustrated with streamers and balloons.
Loretta Claiborne has traveled the world with Special Olympics since starting to compete in 1970 with Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Over the past 50 years, she’s grown into one of Special Olympics’ most influential voices.
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Mentor Chris Winston (left) poses with SSIGM and Special Olympics Illinois athlete Daniel Smrokowski.
The 10 Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers (SSIGM) gathered in a Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Hotel during the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Ephraim Mohlakane pictured with former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
On behalf of Dr Mathews Phosa, it is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Ephraim Mohlakane, Special Olympics South Africa board member, athlete leader, 2-time World Games medallist, husband, father and friend.
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Group of five athletes lined up against a railing.
Planning for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022 is officially underway as Kazan, Russia was announced as official host city of the Games. Despite social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, enthusiasm about the announcement was shared virtually.
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Looking to recording an interesting podcast that keeps people’s attention? Award-winning and veteran podcaster, Dan Smrokowski (Special Olympics Illinois) offers these tips on how to create compelling content for audio and video podcasts.
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Hanna Joy Atkinson dancing in her living room.
Hanna Joy Atkinson, a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger from Colorado, shares these tips to have fun and keep busy while indoors.
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Andy Grammer and Daniel Smorowski standing side by side for a Dan's podcast interview.
The Special Olympics movement is driven by our volunteers with more than 1.1 million donating their time and expertise. Andy Grammer, triple-platinum singer/songwriter, stepped up this year as a volunteer coach for the 2020 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game.
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