Andre Drummond, center for the Detroit Pistons, is the newest Special Olympics Ambassador.
The announcement came at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy in Detroit on Thursday, November 3. The academy is a Special Olympics Michigan Unified Champions School. At a pep rally with 400 students cheering, Drummond took the stage.
"From my first clinic my rookie year to now being a Special Olympics ambassador, I have seen the power of the organization to bring people together. I had so much fun interacting with the kids at the Unified School today, seeing them having so much fun playing basketball is something that is very fulfilling to me," Drummond said. Following the announcement, Drummond led a basketball clinic for 50 students in the Unified Champion Schools program, where students with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together through education and sports.
As an Ambassador, Andre Drummond joins a group of dedicated advocates from the worlds of sports, entertainment and music who help bring awareness to the important work of Special Olympics. Current ambassadors also include Michael Phelps (Olympic Swimming Champion), Damian Lillard (NBA's Portland Trailblazers), Yao Ming (NBA Hall of Famer), Dikembe Mutumbo (NBA Legend), Elena Delle Donne (WNBA's Chicago Sky), Jamaal Charles (NFL's Kansas City Chiefs), Apolo Anton Ohno (Olympic Speed Skating Champion) and Hannah Teter (Olympic Snowboarding Champion), among others.
"We are excited to welcome Andre Drummond to our Special Olympics family as the newest Ambassador for our movement. Andre has experienced firsthand how sports can build fitness, confidence and skills among Special Olympics athletes and how playing unified and being unified can break down barriers and help build respect and inclusion in every neighboring school and community across the nation," said Mary Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics. "Andre is a strong and passionate advocate and believer in the transformative power of Unified Sports and unifying our world by creating communities of inclusion. We are thrilled that he will be playing a big part as an Ambassador in promoting our year-round efforts in building the first-ever unified generation."