Missouri State University


Dave Lenox

Dave Lenox, vice president for leadership development and education at Special Olympics Inc. in Washington, D.C., began his journey with Special Olympics as a games volunteer in 1976. Moving on to coaching and then becoming a local committee member, he began employment with Special Olympics in 1985 as the Kansas City area director.

In 1987 Lenox became executive director for Special Olympics West Virginia, and in 1989 he became CEO for Special Olympics North Carolina. In 1997 Lenox was recruited to join the headquarters office of Special Olympics as director of athlete leadership programming. In 2003, he took oversight of the sports department as well.

In his current role as the key strategist in the effort to develop leadership and education initiatives that support and advance the work of the Special Olympics Movement, Lenox oversees Family Support, Young Athletes, Athlete Leadership, Youth Activation, EKS Fellowships and volunteer/staff leadership development programming.

He has a BS in special education from Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Business Organization and Design from Capella University. He is married with two children and resides in Fairfax, Va.

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