Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes, trained in public speaking, who help spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits they have gained by participating in Special Olympics. As leaders and ambassadors for our movement, Global Messengers communicate the powerful declarations of hope, acceptance, and courage of Special Olympics athletes around the world. Along with attending and speaking at Special Olympics events, fundraisers and meetings, Global Messengers are equipped with a variety of new skills that they can transfer into the workplace, their school and/or community.
Global Messenger qualifications include:• Must be an athlete in good standing with SONV and have a current athlete application on file• Must be available to attend a weekend two-day training course • Must have basic reading skills in order to refer to a script when giving speeches• When necessary, must be able to provide transportation to and from speaking engagements• Must be outgoing, friendly and enjoy interacting and meeting new people• Must have an approved Global Messenger Coach to attend the training• With practice, must be comfortable speaking in front of groups of between 10 – 500 people
Each Global Messenger is required to be paired with a speech coach for the training and continuing into their service to assist with speech writing, transportation (if needed), speech practice, etc. Speech coaches must be registered SONV volunteers and can include a parent, coach, staff member, occupational therapist or other.
The first Global Messenger trainings will be in the spring in northern and southern Nevada, respectively. Space is limited and applications must be submitted by Friday, March 16 to be considered. Athletes selected will be based on the needs of the organization, the athlete’s Special Olympics experience and an informational phone interview. Please contact Tyler Krochmal at email@example.com or 925-944-8801 ext. 223 with any questions.