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.