The Friends of the Games are public figures and celebrities who are strongly supporting our cause. Among them are well-known people from the areas of sports, entertainment and media.
They all have one thing in common: the desire to set an example for inclusion as part of the Special Olympics movement.
Would you like to use your reach for a good cause, too?
"I am always impressed by the warmth Special Olympics athletes radiate when competing. The Special Olympics World Games in Berlin will be a great sporting event - be a part of it!"
“Diversity and inclusion play a huge role in fashion now. My fashion aims to make every women feel good in her skin, regardless of her age, her origin or her physical and intellectual abilities.“
Olympic champion decathlon
"Discovering common ground in things that seem contrary, which already fascinated me as a decathlete and social manager, now excites me as a Friend of the Games."
“I support Special Olympics because every human being deserves to be seen.”
Former NBA player
"The passion for sports and the team spirit among Special Olympics athletes is truly unique. Every one of us should support the athletes and people with intellectual disabilities in achieving their goals – whether it may be in sports, their profession or in everyday life."
Miss Germany 2022
“Social justice is an issue that is very dear to me. Let’s see one another as equals, let’s value and respect one another on our journey to a more inclusive world. I’m proud to be part of the Special Olympics movement!”
Publisher and book author
“You just have to watch old films from former Special Olympics World Games: It’s hardly possible to have more excitement and laughter around. That’s why I love being part of it!”
Member World Games Committee, former figure skater
“During my sports career, I received a lot of support which I’m very grateful for. Since the World Games take place almost next to my front door, I just have to be part of it and help out.”
Olympic champion track cycling
"As a former athlete, I firmly believe that sport can change the world. Diversity is an asset to our society. That includes physical and intellectual disabilities."
Lea Marlen Woitack
"We are aware of how important it is for every human being to feel represented. The film industry is an especially important vehicle for showing diversity and anchoring it in society. As a professor, actress and human, I am committed to this."
Singer of the band MiA.
„We want to be part of a society that is aware of its diversity, makes it visible and considers the dignity and rights of all equally. And we want to be involved in creating such a society.“
Activist and journalist
„Yes, I’m a Friend of the Games, because the Special Olympics World Games are all about inclusion. But they’re also about social participation and making people with disabilities visible. Those are things I fight for, too!”
Member World Games Committee, former footballer
“Inclusion is always a big word. As a volunteer at Special Olympics, you have a unique opportunity to put inclusion into action.”
Olympic champion discus
“In 2000, I participated as a referee at the finish line for Special Olympics. The joy and happiness which the athletes have experienced remain in my head until this day. Diversity and solidarity are an enrichment for all of us.”
Olympic champion tennis
“Volunteering means working together. If we work together, we can achieve more than on our own.“
Would you like to support us as a Friend of the Games and spread the message for more inclusion and participation?
Then contact us at email@example.com.
Special Olympics has many famous supporters worldwide, which once again underlines how important our movement is.
Here is an overview of the ambassadors of Special Olympics International (SOI):
Special Olympics Germany (SOD) is also supported by many important people:
Our supporter Laureus is also committed to spreading the Special Olympics movement - and has many successful athletes on board: