Leadership Opportunities

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Elesia Yoon
Dean, Athlete Leadership University
Director, Organizational Development

Special Olympics Indiana offers opportunities for athlete leaders to use their skills. Check this page often for ongoing and new opportunities. Be sure to read the description and requirements for those you are interested in pursuing.

ALU Graduate Program

Partnering with Toyota Motor North America, Special Olympics International (SOI) selected SOIN to implement a Unified Leadership initiative. “The Unified Leadership approach helps people without disabilities to turn from unconscious bias to conscious inclusion, changing their attitudes and behaviors to create meaningful inclusion in their teams, organizations, families, and communities.”

Our goal is to provide athlete leaders with professional development and work experience to prepare them for full time employment in the community. Successful completion of the program may lead to a paid position in the Special Olympics Indiana State Office. As the first step toward meeting our goal, Athlete Leadership University (ALU) is proud to announce the creation of the ALU Graduate Program. This two-year program includes four two-day training sessions and two one-year internships.

Download the full program description for eligibility and submission requirements.

Submission deadline is May 30, 2022. Please use the form below.


Graduate Program Submission Form

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Candidates must submit the following items: • Resume • Cover letter explaining the area of interest for an internship position • Updated personal mission statement • Letter of recommendation from County Coordinator
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    Healthy Athletes Screening Incentive

    Have a great idea for an incentive for athletes who complete health screening stations at Summer Games? Submit your idea below.

    Deadline to submit your incentive idea is May 30, 2022.


    Health Athletes Screening Incentive

    Health and Fitness Tables at Summer Games

    Host a table inside the HHS building during the Healthy Athlete Screenings at Summer Games. Your table topic should focus on a health topic covered in the Intro to Health and Fitness course. You can make a poster and share educational material with those who pass by. You do not have to be at the table all weekend, just have information for the athletes to take with them if you are not there. If you are interested, contact Itzel Graber.

    Deadline to submit your interest in hosting a table is June 3, 2022.

    Summer Games Playlist

    Have a great idea for songs to play during awards ceremonies at Summer Games? Submit your idea below.

    Deadline to submit your incentive idea is May 30, 2022.


    Summer Games Awards Playlist

    Erskine Ambassadors

    Special Olympics Indiana is proud to announce the formation of the Erskine Ambassadors.

    Starting immediately, SOIN is accepting nominations of Special Olympics Indiana athletes to become the official spokespeople of the Carl Erskine Project 17.  In this role selected athletes will be asked to make a brief scripted speech before each of the Premiere showings of the Ted Green film documentary – The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.

    For more information and submission requirements, download the Erskine Ambassadors description page.

    Deadline for nominations is June 15, 2022.

    Fitness Clubs Focus Group

    We are looking for athlete leaders to join a task force on updating our Unified Fitness Club. We will be asking for recommendations and input during a series of Zoom meetings. You will need to be present in three out of the four meetings – all happening in the coming months. If you are interested in participating, contact Itzel Graber.

    Deadline for submitting your name is June 15, 2022.

    ALU Athlete Advisory Council

    Would you like to participate on the new ALU Advisory council? To be eligible you must have successfully completed three ALU courses and submit a cover letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for the council. Limit of 6 spots available. For more information, contact Elesia Yoon.

    Cover letters due by June 15, 2022. Email your cover letter to: ALU@soindiana.org

    Posters for SOIN Events

    Would you like to make a poster Special Olympics Indiana can use at events throughout the year? We would like to have posters that feature one person in your life who has supported you or mentored you on and off the playing field. This could be a parent, a coach, a teacher, or volunteer. Summer Games is on Father’s Day weekend this year. What a great time to highlight the important people in our lives. But let’s do it all year, not just one weekend!

    Download the description and poster criteria.