Special Olympics Louisiana’s Athlete Leadership Program empowers athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement beyond sports training and competition: as coaches, officials, spokespeople, and Board and committee members. Athlete leaders are an integral part of the Special Olympics Movement and help Special Olympics leaders stay in touch with athletes’ interests. This way we can ensure that our programs remain vital and attractive to the people we serve.
The Athlete Leadership Council is made up of athletes from all across Louisiana. Council meetings provide a forum for athletes to report to other athletes what is happening in their areas, voice their opinions about important issues and gain leadership training and experience.
Special Olympics offers more than just sports training for our athletes. Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to step up their game and explore opportunities for participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” These programs provide training so our athletes can be participants in all administrative functions of the organization. Volunteer and Coaches Training sessions are setup throughout the year to train area volunteers to work effectively with athletes to build management and engage in leadership skills in all aspects of Special Olympics.
Through ALPs, athletes serve on Boards of Directors or local organizing committees. Athletes excel as spokespersons, team captains, coaches and officials!
Next Tuesday, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too! will be available in bookstores! This book highlights Special Olympics by sharing four personal stories of our very own athletes and leaders. Stand Up! gives an in-depth look into the mindsets of today’s young activists around the world and is an inspiration for all ages!
Special Olympics Louisiana’s statewide Board of Directors is proud to announce four new members: Colonel Michael Edmonson, Dustin Guessfeld, Suzette Rose and John Saye. These individuals assumed their position on the Board beginning January 2013. Each of these individuals bring years of professional experience and resources with them. Read more
Colonel Mike Edmonson, Dustin Guessfeld, Suzette Rose and John Saye