Athlete Leadership

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Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) help to train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles other than, or in addition to sports. They offer athletes an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Special Olympics movement in Ohio.

Goals of ALPs

  • Allow athletes to determine how and in what roles they will participate in Special Olympics.
  • Provide our athletes with the training and certification, where appropriate, to properly prepare them for success.
  • Include athletes in meaningful positions of influence and leadership throughout the organization to help determine policy and set direction.
  • Provide training and education for existing leadership as we welcome and encourage athletes in their new roles.
  • Recognize athletes’ ability to contribute in these roles in a meaningful way by holding them accountable to all Special Olympics Ohio policies, rules, and standards.

Benefits of ALPs

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Prepare athletes for jobs
  • Prepare athletes to live on their own
  • Increase ability to make personal decisions
  • Improve friendships and family relationships

Athletes involved in ALPs may serve as:

  • Members of the Board of Directors
  • Members of the Congress or Input Councils
  • Coaches and Officials
  • Volunteers
  • Fundraisers
  • Employees of Special Olympics
  • Newsletter/website/social media Contributors
  • Global Messengers
  • Local, Regional or State Committees and Management Team
  • Mentors to Other Athletes

Become an Athlete Leader:

All Athlete Leaders must first take the Introduction to Athlete Leadership Course and complete the practicum. 

After the Introduction to Athlete Leadership Course, Athlete Leaders are eligible to take a variety of other courses. 

Click here to view dates and register for upcoming courses.

Become a Mentor:

Our Athlete Leaders need you! Mentors support Athlete Leaders and help them develop leadership skills. Click here for more information on becoming a mentor.