NORMAL – Nathan Warren of Princeton was one of 23 Special Olympics Illinois athletes certified as a Special Olympics Global Messenger at a training session at Misericordia Home in Chicago.
Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who help spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits they have gained by participating. Each Global Messenger completes a two-day training session in public speaking and presentations along with their local speech coach.
Global Messengers are called upon to give presentations about their involvement with Special Olympics to various groups throughout the state with the goal of increasing awareness about the program. Special Olympics Illinois launched its Global Messenger program in 1997. This year’s class brings Illinois’ total number of Global Messengers trained to 116.
Warren, 32, competes in basketball, athletics, snowshoe, softball and bowling through Gateway Services. He graduated from Princeton High School in 2002, and he enjoys trying new foods.
He works part-time in janitorial services at Corn Belt Energy.
Warren’s coach, Phyllis Fargher of Walnut, attended the training and will serve as his speech mentor.
“Global Messengers have proven to be a popular and successful way to demonstrate the benefits of Special Olympics participation,” said Karen Milligan, director of Families and Athlete Leadership Programs for Special Olympics Illinois. “The people who have benefited directly from Special Olympics indeed make the most credible and effective spokespeople for the organization.”
Warren is available to speak for any organization, club or gathering, by contacting Cheryl DePaepe, area director for Special Olympics Illinois Starved Rock Area 16, at 815-220-8128.