Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership exists to empower athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices to assume meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement, and educate communities around the world that results in positive life changes.

Leadership University

July 17-19, 2020 | Bethel University

Our athlete leadership classes are now being offered through a university-style weekend. During this weekend, athletes will be able to select a specific leadership course related to an area of interest. Athletes will learn, develop skills, and apply their knowledge in their teams and communities to benefit everyone. General sessions, guest speakers, incentive items, all meals, and elective courses will be included as well.

Never taken an leadership course before? No problem! Leadership University is open to any Special Olympics athlete and their Unified partner of choice. 

Athlete Input Council

Three times per year, Special Olympics Minnesota hosts an Athlete Input Council where athletes provide crucial feedback and ideas for strengthening our mission and organization. Lead by athlete leaders, this council gives Special Olympics athletes an opportunity to be agents of change in this movement and in their own communities.

The council meets for one-hour sessions at Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Games. For that hour, athletes discuss a predetermined topic and follow the guidelines that all ideas and opinions are heard and valued.

At the end of each council session, the council leaders summarize and report back to Special Olympics Minnesota staff so they can include the feedback and ideas in their decision-making processes.

If you would like to submit a topic or nominate an athlete for the council, please contact Nell Coonen-Korte at [email protected].

Leadership Reporting

Special Olympics Minnesota is now using the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program to recognize all athletes and Unified partners for their volunteer work within the Special Olympics movement and their communities. Awards will be distributed on a 12-month basis starting with your first entry.

Through the Athlete Leadership program, I have done things that I would never have dreamed of getting to do. To name a few, I have made Public Service Announcements and Plunged with sports celebrities and executives, I have had fun with pro team mascots at different events, and I have even done a television interview. My newest endeavor is helping to start our Athlete Input Council. The Athlete Leadership program has helped me dream big and build my confidence.
– Erik, Athlete Leader

I absolutely love being a part of the Athlete Leadership program, it gives me a chance to have my voice heard, utilize my leadership skills to spread the message of Special Olympics MN. It also gives me a chance to give back to Special Olympics. I have discovered my passion for Public Speaking through being involved in the Athlete Leadership program.
– Nell, Athlete Leader

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Leadership University

July 17 @ 8:00 am - July 19 @ 5:00 pm

Register for Leadership University Athlete Leadership Program is now being offered through a university-style weekend. During this weekend, athletes will be able to select a specific leadership course related to an area of interest. Athletes will learn, develop skills, and apply their knowledge in their teams and communities to benefit everyone. General sessions, guest speakers, incentive items, all meals, and elective courses will be included as well. SPONSORED BY

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CONTACT

Nick Cedergren
Senior Manager of School & Leadership Programs
[email protected]
763.270.7177