Athlete Leadership University
Spring 2023 registration is closed; Fall 2022 Practicums due March 27
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 Fall 2022 Session are due by March 27. Practicums turned in after this date may not receive credit for the course.
Save the Date for the Fall 2023 Session
Saturday and Sunday, October 7 – 8 at Butler University. Registration opens August 21, 2023.
SOIN ALU has arranged for a block of rooms at the Drury Inn Carmel for October 7. More information available August 2023.
Contact Elesia Yoon with any questions.
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.
Athlete Leadership Councils
Athletes who participate in ALCs discuss ideas and problems, respond to program proposals, make suggestions, and propose recommendations to the State Office and County programs. Athletes have the opportunity to participate in their County ALC and State ALC. The SOIN Board of Directors approved the athlete-led recommendation for every county program to have an Athlete Leadership Council (ALC) by the end of 2022. The Indiana Athlete Leadership Council was reimagined in 2019 and added to the SO Indiana organizational by-laws. The policy provides guidelines to counties for participation in the statewide ALC. For more information, read the Athlete Leadership Council Overview and the Athlete Leadership Council handbook.
Current Leadership Opportunities
Visit Leadership Opportunities to explore how you can use your leadership skills.
ALC Registration Form
Ready to register your local ALC? Fill out the ALC Registration Form
SO Indiana State Office Contact
Dean, Athlete Leadership University
Director, Organizational Development
Please visit our Resource Library for more information about current and upcoming Athlete Leadership University semesters.