ATHLETE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS (ALPS)


Special Olympics athletes are the leaders of the movement. Through Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs), athletes explore opportunities in roles previously considered "nontraditional." Such participation might come in the form of an athlete serving on the Board of Directors or local organizing committee, or it might find an athlete as a spokesperson, team captain, coach or official. Participation in ALPs may be in addition to or in place of participation in traditional programs. As an integral component of Special Olympics' dedication to empowerment and dignity, ALPs initiatives provide new opportunities for athletes and benefit the movement as a whole. Below are some initiatives that Special Olympics Programs already have instituted.

Athletes on Program Boards of Directors  (SOME currently has two athletes serving on our BOD)
Athletes on Games Management Teams
Athletes on Games Evaluation Teams
Global Messenger  (Athletes who serve as Ambassadors for SOME)
Athlete Congress or Input Councils
Athletes as Coaches
Athletes as Officials
Athletes as Volunteers
Athletes employed by Special Olympics
Athletes as contributors to newsletters and Web sites

For more information regarding SOME's ALPS Program Contact Us:

Public Relations Director
Lisa Bird
LisaB@somaine.org
207-879-0489 x 16