Athlete Leadership University
All athletes must complete Introduction to Athlete Leadership prior to registering for additional courses. In addition, all athletes must have a mentor to attend.
Athlete Leadership Training Courses
- Introduction to Athletes Leadership: Every athlete who aspires to become a certified athlete leader or attend any other course, must attend this training.
- Global Messenger Beginner Course: To provide training and presentation skills for athletes interested in representing Special Olympics and Special Olympics Athletes in formal or support settings.
- Global Messenger Graduate Course: Follow-up training to the Beginner Course that works on refining public speaking skills, focusing speeches to get the desired action by the audience, and preparation for various media/presentation situations one encounters as a public speaker for Special Olympics.
- Governance: To prepare athletes to participate in Special Olympics programming and policy dialogue via instruction and practice in forming and articulating opinions, group discussion and techniques for gathering input. Equally important is the enhancement of awareness and listening skills of volunteers, staff and family members as they interact with athletes during this training.
- Athlete Leadership Workshop (Experiential): To prepare athletes and other Program leadership to explain and encourage Athlete Leadership Program initiatives. Workshop participants experience various ALPs roles and explore the motivation and requirements for each. The resulting corps of athletes and volunteers/staff are then charged with promoting the Athlete Leadership Program mind set as well as the programs that bring these opportunities to more athletes.
- Athlete Congress: To provide a formal, deliberative process for the representation of athlete input in programming, policy and/or governance processes of Special Olympics.
Technology: Basic training on how to use a laptop computer. The athlete will create an email account, learn how to read and write email while using good habits of email and how to deal with junk mail. They will be instructed in various software including anti-virus software. Websites will be a part of the program as they have to learn how to search the internet to find different sites, especially Special Olympics. This is all done in a safe environment with supervision from instructors and athletes’ mentors.
- Special Olympics Coaches Program for Athletes: Explore what it means to be a coach, learning the various levels of responsibility and receive practical experience based on the chosen sport
- Special Olympics Officials Program for Athletes: To provide athletes with readiness training for participation in National Governing Body programs that result in certification as an official or other skilled personnel.
- Athlete Boardsmanship: To provide guidance for athletes/support persons/ Boards of Directors that seek inclusive decision-making through athlete participation on the board.