Local Hero Award Presented to Chris Nikic

Special Olympics Florida athlete Chris Nikic has received the Local Hero Award for his tireless work to create a more accepting and inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities.

Chris is a Special Olympics Florida triathlete who, in early November, became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full IRONMAN event. Chris finished the IRONMAN Florida race in 16:46:09 and earned himself a spot in Guinness World Records. He will compete for Team Florida in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

While Chris’ athletic accomplishments are remarkable, his commitment to creating a better world for people with intellectual disabilities is equally impressive. He regularly uses his media platform to talk about the importance of inclusion and acceptance. He says one of the greatest benefits of being involved in Special Olympics Florida is being part of a community that embraces and offers opportunities to everyone.

Chris is an inspiration to people around the world, and we are thrilled to recognize his achievements. He is the second person ever to receive the Local Hero Award, which celebrates individuals – both inside and outside Special Olympics Florida – whose actions promote inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities.