We are not just champions. We are the ambassadors of an uprising.
As icons of success in sports, Inclusion Ambassadors generously lend their time, talent, and resources to support our mission. They are inspirational role models who share a belief in the power to come together, break down barriers, and foster a world of inclusion while supporting Special Olympics Florida's expansion of sports, health, youth, and education programs.
Marlins pitcher Anthony Bass is best known for his work on the mound,
but the veteran reliever is going to bat for Special Olympics Florida’s
Race for Inclusion. Bass is our first Inclusion Ambassador, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
“I support the Race for Inclusion because
I want people with intellectual disabilities to have every opportunity
to live full, satisfying lives,” he said. “I want them to have the same
chances we all deserve. Now, I’m asking you to join the team.”
signed with the Marlins in 2021, but he’s been playing pro ball since
2011. A Michigan native, Bass played college baseball at Wayne State
University. He was the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in Wayne
his arrival in Miami, Bass has been a strong supporter of Special
Olympics Florida. In addition to being our first Race for
Inclusion Ambassador, Bass was one of the celebrities who volunteered to
tell a group of our athletes they were headed to the 2022 Special
Olympics USA Games.
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson is tailor-made to serve as a Race for Inclusion Ambassador.
many of our athletes, he knows all about challenges. He’s a former
Division III player who worked his way to stardom. Undrafted in the 2018
draft, he came up through the NBA’s developmental league, ultimately
emerging as one of the NBA’s best long-range shooters. Playing for the
Heat, he set team records for 3-pointers made in a quarter, in a half,
in a game, and for the season. He reached 500 career 3-pointers in 152
games, an NBA record.
loves stories about athletes – and others – smashing expectations and
overcoming obstacles. He highlights those stories in a podcast he hosts
called The Long Shot.
athletes of Special Olympics Florida are incredible,” he said. “They
compete with as much intensity and joy as any NBA player I know. I’m
thrilled to join them in the Race for Inclusion and to stand with them
as we work to build a more accepting, inclusive world.”
Phil Neville carries an impressive resume: Head Coach of Inter Miami, former Head Coach of the England Women’s National Team, Co-Owner of Salford City, six Premier League championships. Add to that now, Race for Inclusion Ambassador.
It’s a natural fit for Neville, who’s also a patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in England. His daughter, Isabella, has cerebral palsy, and he’s seen first-hand how inclusion has made a difference in her life. Isabella has challenged – and shattered – expectations by becoming an athlete and a successful model.
“Having a daughter with a disability makes you even more keen about equal opportunities,” Neville has said. “It's about her having the opportunity to do things that everyone else can do.”
Well said, coach. We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves.
Steph Roble has spent most of her life racing on the water, and she has the accomplishments to show for it. A two-time sailing All American, she captained her team at Old Dominion University. She’s won a World Championship, five National Championships, and, for 2014, was named the U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, the highest award in American sailing. In 2021, Roble represented the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.
Like our Special Olympics Florida athletes, Roble is committed to the sport she loves. When the pandemic scuttled training on the water, she maintained a busy workout schedule that, at times, included pulling sled on the sidewalk in Miami.Roble has been equally dedicated to helping our Special Olympics Florida athletes. She’s done virtual training sessions with our Miami-Dade stand up paddle team and appeared in our Fit 5 Like a Pro videos.
“I am so excited to be an Inclusion Ambassador,” Roble says. “I love the
idea behind this campaign, and I’m so happy to support it.”
Like our athletes, Jared Wolfe knows what it’s like to work hard for your goals. The Louisville, KY, native spent 11 years trying to make it as a professional golfer before earning his PGA TOUR card through grit and persistence. He made his TOUR debut in September with his proud parents and friends watching. “Every morning I’m waking up right now,” he says, “it’s like a dream come true.”
Wolfe is eager to help the athletes of Special Olympics Florida live out their dreams, so he’s signed on as a Race for Inclusion Ambassador. He wants to help ensure that people with intellectual disabilities have the same opportunities he had –- the chance to work hard at something they love, the chance to shape their own futures, the chance to succeed or fail on their own terms.
“I’ve always been encouraged by Special Olympics athletes and have always
supported the initiative. I volunteered in my hometown when I was in
college,” said Wolfe. “So, I’m honored to be part of the Race for
Inclusion and the mission that drives it.”
No one played harder or had more fun on the basketball court than Bo Outlaw. During his 14 years in the NBA, he became a fan favorite for his tremendous athleticism, relentless defense, and easy smile.
Outlaw spent six-plus seasons with the Orlando Magic, playing a key role on the team’s popular 1999-2000 “Heart and Hustle” squad. For the Magic, he ranks third in career blocked shots, fifth in rebounds, and seventh in steals.
He was equally active off the court, winning the team’s Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award three times. He now serves as a Magic Community Ambassador.
"I’m supporting Special Olympics Florida’s Race for Inclusion, because I
know Special Olympics athletes show as much heart and hustle as I did,”
Outlaw says. “I want to help those athletes in any way I can.”