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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

As an integral component of Special Olympics’ dedication to empowerment and dignity, Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) initiatives encourage and support athletes in their quest to participate in decision-making roles within the organization and in their everyday lives.

Athlete Leadership Programs help athletes learn how to increase their leadership skills and create opportunities that encourage self-determination and independence in their lives.

Interested in becoming an athlete leader?


  • Speech mentors: Attend the Global Messenger Training and work with athletes during the process of writing and presenting speeches.  
  • Governance mentors: Attend committee/group meetings and assist athletes with the processes of decision making and providing meaningful feedback. 
  • Coach mentor: Guide the athletes through the process of becoming a certified coach including the completion of online and in-person training courses. 

Expectations of the Leadership Mentor

  • All mentors must register as a Class A volunteer
  • Make a two-year commitment to working with the Athlete Leader. 
  • Attend the athlete leadership workshops. 
  • Work closely with the athlete to better understand their reading, writing and speaking abilities. 
  • Maintain contact with program staff about progress, issues, etc. 
  • Be willing to represent Special Olympics along with the athlete at events, meetings, etc.


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Newark, Delaware 19716

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