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Event Overview

The Gold Medal Gala is Oklahoma’s premier gala celebrating people with intellectual disabilities and the Special Olympics movement in Oklahoma. Guests enjoy exciting live and silent auctions, plated dinner and dessert,  cocktails, and a short program featuring the Barry Switzer Award of Excellence award winner along with Special Olympics athlete and their parent.

The event offers businesses and individuals an opportunity for networking with notable members of the business community; entertaining employees, client guests, and friends; and demonstrating a commitment to people with intellectual disabilities and the Special Olympics movement.


Event Highlights

  • Welcomed on red carpet by Special Olympics athletes
  • Cocktail hour
  • Silent auction
  • Plated dinner and dessert
  • Live music during meal
  • Program featuring presentation of the Barry Switzer Award of Excellence
  • Special presentation by a Special Olympics athlete and parent
  • Exciting live auction
  • Experience the great Southern Hill’s Country Club
  • Make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities while having a great time


Event Speaker

Emeka Nnaka is a professional motivational speaker and leading advocate for individuals with physical challenges. He brings a message of determination, inspiration, and hope to audiences of all ages, young and old.

While playing in a semi-pro football game, at the age of 21, Emeka sustained a career-ending neck and spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from his chest down. In the face of the most extreme of circumstances, he chose not to give in and not give up.

Emeka is uniquely qualified to present life, its challenges, and its opportunities from the perspective of someone who found strength through tremendous adversity.

Emeka serves as an advocate for the physically challenged on the local, state, and national levels. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered,” where he discussed the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary for a national audience.



Oklahoma State University Named 2019 Barry Switzer Award of Excellence Honoree

Special Olympics Oklahoma is so excited to announce that Oklahoma State University will be the recipient of the 2019 Barry Switzer Award of Excellence. Oklahoma State University has been the home of our Summer Games since 1984 where we now host the largest Special Olympics Summer Games in North America.  Special Olympics Oklahoma is proud to be the Big 12 Conference charity of choice and Oklahoma State University is a huge advocate with their support of Special Olympics Oklahoma.  Not only do they host our Summer Games annually, they also host our state Equestrian competition and our coaches training clinic.  Congratulations Oklahoma State University, for being honored as the 2019 Barry Switzer Award of Excellence recipient.


Event Contacts

Derek Cain, VP of Development & Marketing, 918-481-1234
Jennifer Lightle, Development Director, 918-481-1234


Event Links

For more information on sponsoring a table or reserving tickets, Gold Medal Gala Packet.


2636 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74136