Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement, and create inclusive communities around the world. As athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement, they feel empowered and ready to take on new challenges to make use of all their abilities.


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.


Become a Mentor

Our Athlete Leaders need you! Mentors support Athlete Leaders and help them develop leadership skills.


Become a Class A Volunteer

All Athlete Leaders and Mentors must be Class A Volunteers.

Complete a Class A Volunteer Application. Athlete Leaders do not have to pay $5 or complete a background check. If you would like to become a coach, your local program must pay the $5 fee.
Take the General Orientation.
Take the online Protective Behaviors Course.
If you are becoming a coach – take the Concussion in Sports Course.


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