Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership University

Spring Practicums due Sept. 12; Fall registration is closed

Special Olympics Indiana’s foundational program is Athlete Leadership University, which meets two weekends per year (Fall and Spring). Starting with the “Introduction to Athlete Leadership” course, athletes learn about Special Olympics, create a personal mission statement, and plan how they can lead in the organization.

Athletes then select one of seven majors — communication, events, governance, health and fitness, sports, technology, and leadership through visual arts. Each major consists of a series of courses leading to graduation two to three years later. Following each class session, an athlete must complete a practicum related to the course topic. Review our Handbook for Athlete Leaders for more details on Athlete Leadership University and the curriculum.

All practicums from Spring 2022 Session are due by Sept. 12. Practicums turned in after this date may not receive credit for the course.

Fall 2022 Session

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9

Hotel Information

SOIN ALU has arranged for a block of rooms at the Drury Inn Carmel. SOIN is not paying for the rooms, we only reserved a block of rooms at a special rate. You must make your reservation by Sept. 8 to take advantage of the special rate. You will be asked to hold your rooms with a credit card. Please contact your county coordinator for more information.

Contact Elesia Yoon with any questions.

General Information


Graduates of Athlete Leadership University become members of the Special Olympics Indiana Athlete Leadership University Alumni Association. This special group of athlete leaders promotes the organization through numerous leadership roles in various projects and management teams. The association newsletter, ALPs Alumnus, is publish quarterly. For more information, contact the association at ALPsAlumni@gmail.com.

*Area and County Programs that seek to involve athletes in leadership roles are required to attend a two-hour certification session.

ALU Partners:

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Current Leadership Opportunities

Visit Leadership Opportunities to explore how you can use your leadership skills.

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Elesia Yoon
Dean, Athlete Leadership University
Director, Organizational Development

Please visit our Resource Library for more information about current and upcoming Athlete Leadership University semesters.