Health Messengers

The Health Messenger program empowers athletes to develop healthy lifestyles; influence other athletes to lead healthier lives; advocate within their communities for inclusion around health and wellness services, education, and resources; and develop leaders to advocate for the health needs of people with ID.


Montana has over 12 trained health messengers who participate in annual practicums to help promote healthy lifestyles on their teams and to their fellow athletes.

Become A Health Messenger

A new class of Health Messengers are trained yearly. To become a Health Messenger, athletes must first complete the Athlete Leadership curriculum. To learn more about Athlete Leadership or to apply, check out the Athlete Leadership page.

Health Messengers

Hilary Benjamin

Hilary Benjamin

Missoula Diamondbacks

Coley Stensgar-Maul

Missoula Diamondbacks
Jon H

Jon Hargett

Great Falls Wild Hornets

Health Messenger Projects

Howlin’ Haloween

Health Messenger Jamie Darko paired with SOMT Staff to film a fun and spooky workout for athletes to follow along with. This workout was shared all across the United State by Special Olympics North America.

Healthy Meal Presentation

Eating healthy is important to Health Messenger Thad Powell. That is why for his Health Messenger practicum he decided he would make healthy meals for his teammates. After the team had a chance to eat the meals Thad shared the recipes so they could have healthy meal options at home!