Bank of America is proud to sponsor the Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, a class of 12 Special Olympics athletes who represent the regions where the movement operates around the world. As spokespersons for the organization, the International Global Messengers will spread the message of inclusion and respect over the course of the next four years. Their first assignment will be the Summer World Games.
Recognized for their leadership skills and personal connection to Special Olympics, International Global Messengers are identified during a highly competitive selection process. Of the 73 applicants from around the world, 12 athletes will comprise the new class. They will serve a vital role in the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles from July 25–Aug. 2, participating in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, giving speeches, meeting honored guests and supporting fellow athletes.
“As a Global Messenger, I want to be an ambassador of unity and peace, making the world a better place for all, a place where people see our different abilities rather than just disabilities,” said David Egan, who in his three-decade career with Special Olympics has served as a volunteer, board member and athlete — competing in soccer, basketball, softball, tennis and swimming.
In April, Bank of America sponsored in-depth training for the new class of International Global Messengers at Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, DC. As part of the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs, the IGMs received speaking and presentation skills training to help them serve as spokespersons for the World Games.
“Our Special Olympics athletes are the leaders of our movement, playing important and pivotal roles throughout Special Olympics, including board directors, spokespersons, coaches, officials and more,” shared Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics. She noted that the organization was thrilled to welcome the new class of International Global Messengers as they prepared “for this important role for our movement.”