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Adam Hjerpe

2026 Special Olympics USA Games Board Chair

Homebased in Savage, Minnesota, Adam Hjerpe serves as the dedicated Board Chair of the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games, in addition to his roles as dad to Special Olympics athlete Steven, coach, and Unified partner. With an extraordinary background spanning almost 20 years and multiple leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group and now as an independent consultant and coach, Adam brings valuable expertise and a commitment to the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games’ achievement of excellence.

My hopes and dreams for the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games are to see athletes of all abilities realize their full potential through the joy of sports, the same way my son Steven has.

Adam’s connection to the cause has been lifelong and is deeply rooted in his role as a proud father to Steven, a Special Olympics athlete. Their shared enthusiasm for the organization and its mission of inclusion leads to their annual participation in the Polar Plunge, where they’ve created their own team, “Freezin’ for Steven.” Together with family and friends, they’ve raised an impressive quarter of a million dollars for Special Olympics Minnesota over the years. Adam hopes to help athletes of all abilities realize their full potential through the joy of sports, the same way Steven has.

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