Through sports, Special Olympics empowers people with intellectual disability to achieve joy, acceptance and success. As their lives begin to open up, athletes seek new challenges and ways to utilize the experiences and lessons they’ve learned.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs allow athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in Special Olympics beyond sports training and competition: as coaches, officials, team captains, spokespeople, and Board and committee members.
Initiatives like these are an integral part of the Special Olympics movement. Athlete leaders help Special Olympics leaders stay in touch with athletes’ interests, so that we can ensure that our programs remain vital and attractive to the people we are trying to serve.
At the same time, Athlete Leadership Programs offer opportunities for athletes to pursue specialized training that can help them develop in new areas of their lives.