Special Olympics Tennessee First Annual Health Summit

Golisano Health Award Honorees and Athlete Health Messengers featured in Important Health Discussions to Set the Stage for Inclusive Health in Tennessee

Special Olympics Tennessee is hosting its first annual Health Summit event on February 18, 2021.

This event will be celebrating the important contributions of three inspiring Special Olympics Tennessee health partners who work tirelessly to promote the health and wellbeing of athletes across the state. Though the 2020 year has been difficult, these partners have not faltered in their efforts to make Tennessee and safer and healthier. As a result, these organizations have been awarded the 2020-2021 Golisano Health Leadership Award for Tennessee.

  • LifePoint Health
  • Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians

The Golisano Health Leadership Award is the highest honor that Special Olympics awards to health partners and individuals. The award recognizes local health champions and their extraordinary efforts towards fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of Special Olympics’ global health program.

In addition to recognizing the important accomplishments of three inspiring health partners, the Health Summit will feature a panel of athlete Health Messengers. This Health Messenger debut event will explore these amazing athlete leaders’ experiences, challenges, barriers, and success stories engaging with health systems as Special Olympics athletes. These athlete health leaders will conclude the event with an open dialogue discussing pathways to Inclusive Health so that we may all support each other achieving and maintaining health and wellness across our lifespans and across our communities.

There can be no health equity without inclusion and Special Olympics Tennessee invites you to participate in these important conversations about how we can continue to improve the health and lives of athletes across the state. Let us explore Pathways to Inclusive Health together!