An Athlete Leadership University is a series of courses that athletes will participate in if they wish to be or want to continue to be an Athlete Leader. Athletes will select a Major, which is the role they want to study for. The Majors are: Athlete Spokesperson (Formerly known as Global Messenger), Athlete Representative (serving on committees) or Healthy Athletes Messengers (Being a Healthy Athletes Ambassador for Special Olympics Rhode Island and for the team you participate on). There will be a total of 7 courses for each Major and they will be split up into 2 semesters. Contact Mary-Ellen Powers to learn more!
Athlete Spokesperson/Global Messenger
Athlete Spokespersons/Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits they have gained by participating in Special Olympics. As leaders and message-bearers of the movement, Global Messengers communicate the powerful declarations of hope, acceptance, dignity and courage of Special Olympics athletes around the world. Only athletes can effectively relate the impact the movement has had on their lives and the lives of their families.
Athletes as Members of Board of Directors
Athletes may serve as Board members for a term of three years. Athletes are required to attend Board meetings that last from 1-2 hours and give input when appropriate. Special Olympics athletes must submit a letter of interest and a resume of Special Olympics experience and work/life experience to Edwin Pacheco, President & CEO
Athlete Leadership Council
An open forum giving athletes a chance to discuss important topics/issues with others athletes, share their input and utilize their voices to influence change within SORI on key topics, issues and events .
Athletes on Committees
Athletes serving on committees, such as Athlete Newsletter Committee, Games Management Teams, Fundraising Committees, Torch Run Committee and Marketing & Communications Committee to provide athlete input.
Athletes as Coaches
Special Olympics athletes can become certified coaches and coach other Special Olympics athletes. Athletes may choose a sport they have participated in or are just interested in coaching. As with all Special Olympics coaches, these athletes must complete the coach’s education program to become certified in the sport they would like to coach. Athlete cannot compete in the sports that they would like to help coach.