Global Messengers

No one shares the Special Olympics story better than our athletes.

Our Global Messenger training program, sponsored by the Hometown Foundation, offers public speaking and presentation skills training to Special Olympics athletes.

Thanks to this program, athletes who join our Global Messenger speakers bureau are empowered to share, in their own words, what’s so special about Special Olympics.


Global Messengers become community leaders who communicate powerful stories of hope, acceptance, dignity and courage around the world. They help spread our mission and vision, as well as encourage the community to participate with Special Olympics as an athlete, sponsor or volunteer. Global Messengers have given speeches to schools, corporate and community groups across the Commonwealth, and have assisted with numerous fundraisers and Opening Ceremonies.

Want to spread the word about Special Olympics in the most inspirational way possible? Complete our Global Messenger Request Form to invite a Special Olympics Virginia Global Messenger to speak to your school, group, business, church, or at an event.

Seeking Applicants for Class of 2021

Special Olympics Virginia is now accepting applications for the Global Messenger Class of 2021. The Global Messenger’s role with Special Olympics Virginia is to promote, educate and inform about the mission, philosophy and benefits of Special Olympics through public speaking, networking, and advocacy. Responsibilities and commitment include 1) serving as a Global Messengers for a two year period, 2) attending Global Messenger training workshops one time per year for two years, 3) identifying and recruiting a mentor, 4) seeking speaking opportunities in your community with the help of your Global Messenger Mentor. 

Every GM must have a mentor from your Area to partner with for the two year period. All appointments are based on the application process and an in-person interview with the Global Messenger evaluation team. For questions or additional information please contact David Pawlowski at [email protected]

Click here to access Nomination Form and Job Description.

Global Messengers Class of 2017-2019

Every two years since 2005, we recruit and train a new class of Global Messengers. The 2017-2019 Class of Global Messengers has 9 participants and mentors. To get to know the current class of Global Messengers click on their names to read their bios.

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