From fitting in to rising above

At Bank of America, nothing is a higher priority than fostering inclusion and respect, and nothing captures that spirit better than our support for Dustin Plunkett, Former Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. Throughout the World Games, Dustin worked as a sports analyst for ESPN.

Born with an intellectual disability and a cleft palate, Dustin had trouble fitting in with kids his age until he discovered first the power of sports as a tool of inclusion, and then the extended family of Special Olympics. After competing in multiple sports in multiple Special Olympics events, Dustin went on to become a coach, and then an advocate for the Games and the organization. His work has taken him around the world as he shares the mission of Special Olympics with an international audience.

For Dustin, an avid sports fan and an LA native, signing on to be an ESPN analyst for the Games is a dream come true and a chance to help promote the cause both in his hometown and on a global stage. For the world it means a chance to see and understand Special Olympics and its athletes through the eyes of one of its own.

Bank of America has a long history of supporting people with intellectual disabilities, including over 30 years of support for Special Olympics, and we’re a proud recipient of the New Freedom Initiative Award, which honors efforts to boost employment of people with disabilities. We’ve never been prouder than we are of our affiliation with Dustin and his work to make inclusion and respect a reality.


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