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.

ALPs University

Our Athlete Leadership Program 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 Athlete Leadership course before? No problem! ALPs University is open to any Special Olympics athlete and their Unified Partner of choice. 

2020 TBD

Athlete Input Council

The Athlete Input Council provides input to the State Office on a variety of subjects. Members develop recommendations for Special Olympics Minnesota and respond to proposals from other parts of the organization.

If you are interested in participating in the Athlete Input Council at Winter, Summer or Fall Games, please RSVP to [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 ALPs, 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. ALPs 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 ALP’s program.
– Nell, Athlete Leader

Upcoming events

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Student Board of Directors

January 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Person First Day

January 15, 2020

Inclusion Professional Development Training

January 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Change The Game Conference is brought to you by Unified Champion Schools. This event is geared towards educators, administration and school staff, and advocates for inclusion in schools.This FREE event is for you to learn about the amazing initiatives making schools more inclusive for students of all abilities, and to network with other educators who are passionate about inclusion. More info to come, including registration forms, schedule and keynote speaker. Registration opens November 13, 2019, and closes January 22,…

Spread the Word Day

March 4, 2020

High School Leadership Summit

March 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Educator End of Year Celebration

May 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nick Cedergren
Schools & Leadership Manager
[email protected]