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 them.

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 them.

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.

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