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Our Team

Jim Sayih

Jim Sayih is the Founder and Executive Director of Special

Compass, which he created in 2015 to include adaptive

athletes and persons of any disability in all sporting events.

Michael Sayih, Jim’s son, is currently 24 years old, is

diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and is the President of

Special Compass. At the age of 5, Michael participated in

his first Duathlon Race with Jim and Michael’s brother,

Adam. They participated in countless races since, including

the Marine Corps Marathon, Miami Ironman, Spartan

Obstacle course and many more.

Recognizing the tremendous inspirational impact other

athletes acknowledged we began to include friends to join us

in races. Then we began to match athletes with adaptive

athletes who could not move themselves but were pushed

by athletes who could share the priceless experience of

participating in races. Both parties benefitted. Friendships

and community developed giving independence, freedom

and mobility, despite any obstacles that may interfere with


Today, through Sayih’s stewardship and entrepreneurial

spirit, Special Compass has launched in its first year a

strong following of supporters.

Special Compass is comprised of three programs that

positively impact more than 15,000 individuals with

disabilities in South Florida’s Tri-County area.  Special

Compass is also designing affordable housing to promote

independent living. Wider hallways for easy wheelchair

access, public transportation, grocery stores, postal service

and other common amenities within close proximity to serve

Special Compass residents.

A graduate of Florida International University, Sayih has

been recognized for his 20 years of Philanthropic service for

Special needs organizations including Shriner’s Children’s

Hospitals, Best Buddies and American Diabetes Association.

Jim continues to race together with Michael in Ironman

Triathlons and other adaptive athletes in other local races.