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.
Athlete Leadership Council
Three times per year, Special Olympics Minnesota hosts an Athlete Leadership 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 [email protected].
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.