Athlete Leadership: Introduction to Athlete Leadership

Event Details

In Special Olympics Athlete Leadership, we partner with athlete leaders to educate people about the abilities of our athletes, provide leadership and skills training for athletes to be successful and support them in leadership roles inside and outside the movement.

Athletes interested in learning more about Athlete Leadership are invited to participate in the Introduction to Athlete Leadership and Understanding Leadership core classes. Upon completion of these 2 modules, athletes are credentialed as Athlete Leaders.

They will have the opportunity to build on these foundational classes with the 5 Advanced Leadership modules: Understanding Emotions, Managing Time, Engaging with Others, Leadership Discussions, and Unified Leadership. Upon further completion of these short modules, athletes have a Certified Athlete Leader endorsement. Additional benefits and opportunities become available for athletes that take the initiative to further develop their leadership skills.

This course is an overview of what it means to be an athlete leader. It serves as a guide to help athletes make decisions about their future roles and training in athlete leadership using interactive exercises. This course should be taken prior to any other courses.

Registration Information

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Supporting Documents

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Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Sep 25 - 26 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Virtual Event
Karen Milligan


Karen Milligan
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