ALP’s provide athletes with opportunities above and beyond competition, to become advocates for themselves, all persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) and Special Olympics. Athlete Leaders can become committee members, board members, serve on a SOKY sport development team, be a volunteer and more!
ALP’s give individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to stand up and let their voices be heard, as well as teach them leadership skills that will help them in all facets of their life. Once their training is complete, athletes can have the opportunity to hold positions of leadership and influence.
To empower athletes to develop leadership skills and to take on leadership roles. Athletes are encouraged to utilize their voices to bring awareness to their abilities, the abilities of people with ID and awareness of Special Olympics. We hope to empower athletes and help them understand their potential to influence change in the Special Olympics movement and educate communities that results in positive life changes.
Annually, a new group of athletes enroll in the Athlete Leadership Class – the Class of athletes will participate in 4 training sessions scheduled throughout the year. Upon graduation, each athlete will be an Official Athlete Ambassador. In addition, some athletes will also be a Global Messenger.
Special Olympics athletes serve on the SOKY Board of Directors. As board members, they are given the opportunity to share their opinions, participate in discussions and are expected to deliver the Athlete Report at each board meeting. Athletes who desire to serve on the board of directors should be proficient with email communication and have access to Zoom for meetings.
Athletes can be assigned to serve on a sport specific SDT giving them an opportunity to share ideas and opinions about sports rules and regulations. SDT’s give athletes a chance to discuss important issues with other athletes and be the voice of the athletes at meetings. Athletes who desire to be a member of a SDT should be proficient with email communication and have access to Zoom for meetings.
Athletes who desire to take their sport experience to another level can become volunteers, coaches and/or sport officials. Athletes who qualify would be required to obtain all levels of training outlined by SOKY for Coach Certification and/or must fulfill all training and education requirements of the sport national governing body for becoming a certified official.
For more information about the Athlete Leadership program, contact Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or email@example.com.