Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, author, film producer and entrepreneur. He is the chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves with over 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries.
Tim has been a part of an amazing team that has created exciting new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education and family support. Among them, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® has become the world’s largest public health examination and education program for people with intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics Project Unify has become a powerful new program promoting school-based social inclusion and unified leadership. In addition, he has worked to garner more government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying before Congress and challenging government leaders worldwide to respect the dignity and possibilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the marginalized, Tim has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, Amistad, and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, The Loretta Claiborne Story. He is executive producer of The Ringer, a Farrelly Brothers’ film, and Front of the Class, a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. He has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, The Stephen Colbert Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2014, Tim wrote Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, where he shares the life-changing impact of people with intellectual disabilities and their capacity to inspire others to find out about what matters most.
Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Tim was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning.
Tim and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C. area and have five children.
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