Athlete Leadership

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Jeff Mohler
President & CEO

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Athlete Leadership University

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, Sports, Governance, Technology, Health and Fitness, Leadership through Visual Arts, and Event Planning and Management) to pursue. 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.

Fall 2021

Saturday, October 2 & Sunday, October 3 – Butler University

WE ARE BACK AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY for the fall semester of Athlete Leadership University! The course schedule for October is:

*All times EDT.

  • DAY 1:
    • 10 AM – 11 AM – Registration
    • 11 AM – 5 PM – Opening Session, Course Instruction, including Lunch Break
    • 5 PM – 6 PM – Dinner Break
    • 6 PM – 7 PM – Evening Activities, Open House, Games (optional)
  • Day 2:
    • 8:30 AM – 2 PM – Course Instruction, including Lunch Break
    • 2 PM – 3:45 PM – Closing Session
    • 3:45 PM – Class Photo

All outstanding practicums from 2020 and Spring 2021 are due by September 13. Practicums turned in after this date may not receive credit for the course.

*NOTE: Fall registration is completed online and must be received by Sept. 13, 2021. Use the button below to access the registration form. 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

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

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