Jamaal Charles Special Olympics Speech Will Give You the Feels (Video)

jamaal charles special olympics speech

If you’re a football fan, you might remember that Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles competed in track as well as football at the University of Texas.

But did you also know that Jamaal Charles, a 2x All-Pro and 4x Pro-Bowler, competed in the Special Olympics when he was 10 years old? Because he did.

To be eligible to compete in the Special Olympics, you must be eight years old and have “intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.”

When Jamaal Charles was a kid, apparently he had learning disabilities, and nobody thought he would ever make anything of himself. But he took part in the Special Olympics as a way of boosting his self-esteem. And according to the inspirational remarks Charles made at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, it worked.

Take a look. This Jamaal Charles Special Olympics speech will give you the feels:

Talk about a feel-good story. Hats off to Jamaal Charles for remembering his roots and giving back.

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