Athlete Leadership Webinar Series Returns!

After a successful spring season, the Athlete Leadership Webinar Series returns! SO Indiana invites all athlete leaders to join us for these Saturday online gatherings. Each session is an group discussion on a wide variety of topics. Beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern, sessions last between 2-3 hours depending on the topic.

NOTE: Only those who register and join each webinar via Zoom will be able to interact with live questions and responses. Those joining via Special Olympics Indiana’s Facebook page will only be able to see the presentation, hear the conversation, and listen to the Q & A. Facebook viewers will NOT be able to ask questions or interact with the instructor/participants.


All sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET. Additional schedule details will be added as they are available.

Please use the buttons and links below to register for each Webinar you’d like to attend. Registration for ALPs University is separate — visit our main Athlete Leadership page to learn more.


August 15: Unveiling the New SOI Fitness App – SO FitNow

Special Olympics Indiana is one of the first US programs to offer Special Olympics International’s new SO FitNow fitness app. Athlete leaders will learn about the new app features, how to create an account, how to track progress and goals, and how to navigate the system. Athlete leaders also will discuss how to recruit friends and teammates to join. Finally, they will help SOIN brainstorm future virtual fitness challenges.

August 29: ALPs University Focus Group

With ALPs University’s fall semester going online, athlete leaders will join us in testing new activities that are part of Special Olympics International’s new curriculum. Whether an athlete leader is taking “Introduction to Athlete Leadership” or “Understanding Leadership” in October, their input will guide us in creating the new online format. Athlete leaders – help us make ALPs University even better!

September 12: Lessons from the Marvel Universe – Remembering Black Panther

Join us for a brand new session within our Athlete Leadership Webinar Series as we explore the life lessons we can learn from the Marvel movies. Whether a hardcore Marvel Avengers fan or you’ve never seen the movies, you can learn something from our discussion. Up first – Remembering Black Panther. Recently, Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer. He played Black Panther, a fictional character. But Boseman also played real life heroes Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall. Join Chris Akers, veteran volunteer, and Ben Gregory, athlete leader, as we look for life lessons from the Avengers and Black Panther movies. See you on Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM Eastern.

October 3: How to Take an Online Class

The fall semester of ALPs University is entirely online. Taking a class online is very different than being in-person. Find out about the technology needed to participate. Discover how the online version will work. Chat room? What’s a chat room? Learn about online etiquette – how to be polite in a virtual world. This session occurs one week in advance of our online ALPs University – October 10-11. Join us to be fully prepared!

November 21: Our Thanksgiving Show!

All athlete leaders are invited to join us for this very special edition of our Athlete Leadership Webinar Series on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21). Beginning at 10 a.m. ET and ending around noon, this three-part holiday-themed session will be fun and interactive.

This is experience is HANDS ON! We will demonstrate how to prepare the best Thanksgiving meal – from the turkey to the side dishes to dessert. Join us from your kitchen as we will prepare a portion of the meal together. No oven. No sharp utensils. Safety first! Ingredients and pre-session work will be required. A list of ingredients and needed utensils will be emailed prior to the show. And if you would rather just watch, you can do that too!

Special Olympics would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers. There’s no better time to tell them “Thank You” than right before Thanksgiving. Join us as Special Olympics Indiana staff will train athlete leaders on how to call those dedicated volunteers or send them cards. Athlete leaders will then be given a list of volunteers to call or send a thank you card. Help us thank our dedicated volunteers!

With COVID-19 limiting or cancelling most of our in-person events, Special Olympics Indiana will be hosting an online ALPs University Winter Semester (December 5-6). Classes include Introduction to Athlete Leadership for our rookie athlete leaders, Understanding Leadership for our veteran athlete leaders, and Learning Time Management Skills for those athlete leaders who have completed the first two classes.

However, taking an online class is very different than an in-person class. Join us for this part to prepare yourself for the Winter Semester of ALPs University. This part is reserved for only those athlete leaders registered for the Winter Semester.

How to Participate

  • Follow the link for each Webinar you’d like to attend and complete the registration process.
  • Upon completion of the registration form, you will receive a message and a confirmation email containing a Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode. Both are needed to join.
  • Use the provided Zoom link or Meeting ID and Password to join each webinar 3-5 minutes before it starts.
  • Before each session begins, the facilitator will explain how to ask questions and interact with the instructor and other participants. Please follow these instructions to help us provide the best experience for everyone.
  • There may be limits to the number of individuals who can participate in a given Zoom meeting. If you are unable to join us via Zoom, please watch on Facebook Live.

How to Watch

  • Do NOT complete the registration process on Zoom.
  • Watch, learn, and comment/share as much as you like. Please remember that Facebook viewers (and commenters) will not be able to ask questions or interact directly with the instructors or participants.