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.
This weekend, February 7-8, the Special Olympics Louisiana community will come together in Lake Charles, LA for a Unified Leadership Workshop. Athletes, partners, coaches, family members and volunteers will meet to learn how to become better leaders in their specified areas.
The week will kick off with a general session on Friday evening, followed by some fun leadership games! Sessions will focus on such topics as “The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media” & “How to conduct yourself as a leader.”
Check back next week for some photos from the workshop!
Project Unify has now been around for six years with Special Olympics. Project Unify is a program based on inclusion in school communities as well as social and sport environments. This year we are trying to commit 120 schools to participate in more inclusive activities such as: more Spread the Word to End the Word Campaigns, finding more Youth Leaders, and having new Unified Sports. Right now we have five Special Olympics colleges and are trying to connect our community with more colleges across Louisiana. We are excited to see what this year has to offer!
Calling all mothers and daughters across the USA to team up for good! Two-time US Olympic soccer gold medalist Julie Foudy is looking for mother-daughter partners/teams who perform community services to participate in the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy “Choose to Matter Contest”. One lucky mother/daughter team will win an all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World to act as a youth leader, along with Julie and her family, at the Special Olympics Florida State Games happening May, 2013 (Park Hopper Passes will also be included).
On Friday, August 23rd, our staff, Area Directors, and key Volunteers gathered at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie, LA for Leadership Training conducted by the Louisiana Army National Guard.
The training session focused on how to be a great and effective leader within the Special Olympics Louisiana community. Along with the presentation, each attendee completed a personality test and received books on leadership.
Thanks to the Louisiana National Guard for a great training!
We are very proud that one of our athletes was recently named KPLC‘s Sports Person of the Week. Tiffany Noel Hebert from the Southwest Area was recognized for her achievements and exceptional performance at the recent State Summer Games. Click below to see the video and join us in congratulating her!