Ken Magee

Special Olympics Florida, Executive Director (1984-1994)

Ken Magee spent years championing the Special Olympics mission, but he says you only need a few moments with our athletes to become connected to the movement.

“You just have to be around the athletes for a little while before their open-heartedness and optimism makes its way into your being,” Magee said. “They see the world with such joy.”

Magee became Special Olympics Florida executive director in 1984. After a decade at the helm, he then became the Association Manager for Special Olympics North American Professionals. In that role, he worked with other Special Olympics leaders to build strong programs across the country. In 1996, Magee became a Special Olympics Florida Hall of Famer.

During his time with the organization, he helped expand both the breadth and reach of services. Always, he said, we focused on how to best help the athletes.

“What’s been happening these days is unbelievable growth,” Magee said. “To see the resilience and determination and kindness of the athletes … that’s everything that sticks with those who are involved. It’s an exciting journey.”



As we mark 50 years of making the world a more inclusive place, we want to hear your Special Olympics Florida story. Tell us your story by sharing a favorite memory or let us know what our programs have meant to you or the impact they’ve made in your life.  TOGETHER WE CELEBRATE!