Global Messenger Beginner Training

by Jeremy.

Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs allow athletes to explore
opportunities for greater participation in the Special Olympics movement beyond
sports training and competition: as coaches, officials, team captains, spokespeople
and Board and committee members.

These leadership roles give athletes of all ages, a voice in shaping Special Olympics,
and a chance to spread the word about the remarkable transformations Special
Olympics can bring about in individuals and families. Athlete Leadership Programs
also provide a way for athletes to showcase talents and interests that may have gone

Be a Part of the Vision

Initiatives like these are not token positions; they are an integral part of the Special
Olympics movement. Athlete leaders help Special Olympics leaders stay in touch with
athletes’ interests, so that we can ensure that our programs remain vital and
attractive to the people we are trying to serve. At the same time, Athlete Leadership
Programs offer opportunities for athletes to pursue specialized training that can help
them develop in new areas of their lives.

Through involvement with Athlete Leadership Programs, athletes can learn how to
speak persuasively; interview with the media; mentor and speak up for other athletes;
and discuss their opinions on policy and governance to name just a few.
Athletes that are interested in becoming ambassadors/Global Messenger for
Special Olympics are encouraged to complete the attached Interest Form. Interested
athletes should also have an identified person who is willing to be their Speech
Coach and attend trainings and assist with preparation for speeches and
attendance at events as needed.

REGISTER BY: September 1, 2015 by downloading and filling out the form below.

2015 GM Beginner Training flyer and Interest form

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Equestrian Certified Training School

by Aubrey Deerwester.

Come to this Special Olympics Illinois Certified Training School to enhance your equestrian program!  The classroom portion will focus on:

  • Dates & Deadlines
  • State Tournament Arena Set Up, Patterns, Equipment & Judging Concerns
  • How to Prepare for Your Program
  • Interactive Mounted Session with Athletes and Horses


Meggan Hill-McQueeney is a PATH Intl Master Level Instructor and a PATH Intl Workshop and Certification Evaluator.  She has served on various PATH Intl committees.  She has been a Special Olympics Certified Coach for 16 years and has personally shown both English and Western on the national level.

Sarah Newland is a PATH Intl Advanced Level Instructor and a PATH Intl Workshop and Certification Evaluator.  She has served on the PATH Intl Riding Certification Committee and is on the board for Midwest Reining Horse Association.  She has been a Special Olympics Certified Coach for 5 years and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Please return registration form below to Brianna Beers via email (if you cannot scan form, please just send a generic email with the information):

Brianna Beers
Northern Regional Manager of Sports Training
Special Olympics Illinois
Phone: 847-845-6481

Supporting Documents

2015 Equestrian CTS Registration Form

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Athlete & Family Night with the Peoria Rivermen

by Jeremy.

All Special Olympic athletes receive a FREE ticket to the game on Feb. 27 as the Peoria Rivermen take on the Fayetteville FireAntz. Family member tickets are just $8.

Print flyer and mail orders to Peoria Rivermen Special Olympics to: 201 SW Jefferson St. Peoria, IL 61602. For more information call 309-676-1040 or email

Special Olympics Athletes who order prior to February 23 will be entered into a drawing to win prizes such as: a signed jersey, ceremony puck drop, and tour of the Peoria Rivermen Locker Room.

Supporting Documents

Peoria Rivermen Flyer

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