Athlete Leadership is an exciting professional development opportunity for Special Olympics athletes. There are two pillars currently being offered – Athlete Speaker Training and Governance/Social Media/Media Training. The weekend-long training is meant to provide our athletes with the opportunity to build the skills necessary to be advocates for themselves and for Special Olympics in their communities. Each athlete attends the training weekend with a mentor who will commit to helping them for the duration of the weekend and for a period of time thereafter.
Athlete Speaker Training:
This pillar includes initial training for athletes who want speaking experience and would like to learn speaking skills, speech writing and delivery. During the weekend, athletes will write their own speech with the help of their mentor, as well as deliver the speech they wrote in front of their peers.
Governance/Social Media/Media Training:
This pillar includes an overview of how Special Olympics boards, committees, and input councils operate. With this training, we hope that athletes will be encouraged and invited to participate on committees that make decisions affecting them and their peers. This pillar also includes social media/media training, which involves dos and don’ts and best practices.
Please contact Chelsea Fidler at 30-780-9406 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on upcoming Athlete Leadership Program training dates.