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.
  • Committees & Athlete Input Councils (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 Congress: To provide a formal, deliberative process for the representation of athlete input in programming, policy and/or governance processes of Special Olympics.
  • 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
  • Technology (Email & Internet):  Basic training on how to use a laptop computer, create an email account, learn how to read and write 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.
  • Technology (Powerpoint):  Athletes learn the basics in how to create slides that can add another element to their presentations when speaking at community events, their jobs, or athlete input council meetings.  Athletes should already be familiar and comfortable with basic computer skills, mouse navigation, and presenting in front of others.