Athlete Leadership

What is ALPs?

The Athlete leadership program (ALPs) is an educational workshop-based opportunity offered to Special Olympics athletes. The ALPs program equips athletes with the tools to undertake positions of leadership within their community and the broader Special Olympics movement. These workshops enable athletes to explore opportunities beyond sports training and competition. Leadership roles can include public speaking, acting as an athlete health advocate, being a team captain as well as preparing athletes for positions as Board and Committee Members. These roles give athletes a voice in shaping the Special Olympics movement, and a chance to spread the word about the transformations Special Olympics can bring to individuals and families. Athletes who attend ALPs are encouraged to bring along a mentor to ensure the athlete has assistance during the workshop as well as support to undertake opportunities after they complete training. A mentor can be a coach, parent, sibling, or support worker.

ATHLETE LEADER workshop topics

Athlete Leaders In-Training until all modules are complete.

  • Staying Safe Online

  • Intro to Athlete Leadership

  • Social Media 101

  • Photo & Video Training

  • Athletes on Leadership Councils

  • Health Messenger Training

  • Giving & Conducting Interviews


1st Step - One Day In Person Peer Mentor Workshop