Loretta: Our Inspiration

When Loretta Claiborne was a young girl, she was isolated and worried about what her future would hold. As she got older, she became involved in Special Olympics and developed her skills through sport. Not only did she do that but also she gained the confidence to inspire the next generation of leaders through public speaking, which is what she does still today as the Chief Inspiration Officer of the Special Olympics movement.

“Loretta Claiborne shares with us how back then there was no inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. People used to pick on her and call her names. Her goal is to share these stories so that way everyone can be included moving forward. I just love the part when she tells her story to young people and how she is reaching them.”  —Tajha Ilerant, US Youth Ambassador