No Dream is Ever Too Big

  • About the Author

    Dustin Plunkett is an athlete and athlete leader who serves as an ambassador and an ESPN on-air broadcaster for Special Olympics.

    Born with an intellectual disability and a cleft palate, which left him with slurred and stuttered speech, Dustin join joined Special Olympics Southern California in 1996. He is active in the community and works with teens with and without disabilities in a social, educational, mentoring and athletics program with the City of Lakewood Southern California. He also is a member of the Lakewood Toastmaster. He relishes every opportunity to reach people and to share his own story of success over adversity as a way to inspire others to do the same. Special Olympics has empowered him take control of his own life.

    As a Global Messenger ambassador for Special Olympics, Dustin has traveled the world as a public speaker and has stood by President Barack Obama at the White House and Yao Ming at the Special Olympics World Games. He now works at Special Olympics Southern California as the Outreach Manager and Inspirational Speaker and formerly served on the Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors. He also played an integral role in bringing the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to Los Angeles. He worked on the Organizing Committee, sat on the Board of Directors, and was the Games Associate and Uniform Coordinator. During the Games, he served as an ESPN analyst and called the parade of athletes live on ESPN during the opening ceremonies.

    In addition to his reporting duties for ESPN, Dustin participated in the Game Changers series and in 2017 was awarded an honorary ESPY.