Michael “Todd” Youngblood of Roberta, Georgia, has been involved with Special Olympics for 28 years as a coach, Unified partner, clinician and official. He has experience working with athletes in Alpine skiing, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, powerlifting, table tennis, softball and volleyball. He will represent Special Olympics USA as head coach in powerlifting. This will be Todd’s sixth time representing Special Olympics USA in a Special Olympics World Games. In 2006, he coached powerlifting in the Special Olympics USA Games, where he also served as a powerlifting official in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022.
Todd is employed as the executive director for the Peach Association for the Intellectual Disabled Inc. and as the assistant softball coach at Fort Valley State University. As a high school basketball coach, Todd coached his team to the Elite 8 twice and the Sweet 16. As a softball coach, he coached a team to the Elite 8 and a win at the Dixie Softball World Series. Todd is glad to be part of this opportunity of a lifetime, supporting Special Olympics athletes on an international stage.