Meet Athlete Leaders

In order to truly become a movement led by athletes they must be given the opportunity to share their abilities, experiences and knowledge. Not only are we providing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities but having athletes in leadership roles improves the quality of the programming and helps us meet our strategic goals as an organization.
Tim Shriver with athlete leaders in a group photo.
Athlete Leaders have limitless opportunities to provide the perspective and opinions of athletes as an Athlete Representative. Athletes serving in these roles are integral members of boards, committees and Athlete Input Councils.
Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger class of 2019-2022
Through sports training and competitions, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities find joy, acceptance and success. With additional training athletes serve as spokespeople raising awareness in their communicates and educating others about Special Olympics.
Six people standing in a circle with their arms around one another looking down as the photographer is looking up taking a photo of them.
Health Messengers are trained to serve as health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their Special Olympics communities, as well as the community at large. They are leading their teams, families, friends and communities to pursue healthy lifestyles, and are advocating for healthcare providers and governments to adopt inclusive policies around health, wellness services, education and resources for people with intellectual disabilities.