Special Olympics have named Riverdale actor Charles Melton as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. Melton credits his experiences with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (UCS) for inspiring him to use his platform to advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in education and sports.
“Special Olympics welcomes Charles Melton to our global movement,” said CEO Mary Davis. “In addition to an incredibly talented actor, Charles is an influencer with authenticity. Young people today see themselves reflected in him and identify with his pursuit for inclusion for all.”
Best known for his role as Reggie Mantle on the teen drama television series Riverdale, Melton saw firsthand how young people are breaking down barriers of discrimination by playing together through sports, inclusive learning in the classroom, and forming long-lasting friendships.
“I am thrilled to join Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador and accelerate my mission to promote inclusion,” Melton said. “My experience in the sports world has taught me invaluable lessons like teamwork, camaraderie, and respect. I want to engage my fans and sports enthusiasts alike as I put my game plan in motion.”
Melton witnessed firsthand the power of inclusion by visiting some of the 8,000 Unified Champion Schools across the U.S. Among his early engagements as a Global Ambassador will be virtually celebrating the ESPN Top 5 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools receiving national recognition for their commitment to inclusive school environments on 16 April.
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