Global Messengers

The Global Messenger Program is designed to teach Special Olympics athletes how to speak in public in front of a variety of audiences. The program pairs Special Olympics athletes with a coach, volunteer, or a family member who serves as the athlete’s speech coach. Coaches learn how to help the athlete prepare a speech to address various types of public groups and corporate audiences on a variety of topics related to Special Olympics.

Athletes are taught public speaking skills through various proven methods. Practice sessions, videos and role playing are some of the tools used. We have found that giving Global Messengers an opportunity to share their experiences and feelings publicly greatly enhances their self-esteem and confidence. Having athletes as spokespersons for Special Olympics is both dynamic and fun for the athletes and the audience. Who better to spread the word and spirit of Special Olympics than our Special Olympics Athletes!

Participants must possess a willingness to speak in a public forum and feel comfortable before an audience. The ability to read is helpful but not mandatory. After completing the training course, Global Messengers are expected to go out into their community and speak to potential athletes in schools and agencies who may not know the joys of participating in Special Olympics or how to register.

Athletes also speak to service groups, the corporate community and potential sponsors. Our first and foremost goal is to educate each community so that new athletes, coaches and volunteers can become a part of our County and Area programs.

Congratulations to our 2018 Global Messengers:

  • Tajha Ilerant, Collier County
  • Kate Standford, Hernando County
  • Marcy Bobel, Indian River County
  • Patrick Rosser, Okaloosa County
  • Sara Parker, Pasco County
  • Paige Kroupa, Pinellas County
  • Charles Klein, Putnam County
  • Eric Taylor, Seminole County
  • Frank Vernoia, St. Lucie County