Local Hero Award Recipients

Special Olympics spreads compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity. Understanding brings acceptance; acceptance brings peace. This vision of inclusion starts at the local level and expands worldwide.

The Local Hero Award was created to celebrate remarkable individuals --inside and outside -- of our organization whose actions inspire a more accepting and inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities.

Congratulations to our heroes making a difference in our communities!

Jennifer Whelchel

Universal Studios Employee
July 30, 2019 Award Recipient


Chris Nikic

Special Olympics Florida Athlete
November 19, 2020 Award Recipient