ALPs courses are designed with the intention of assisting athlete’s achieve Special Olympics and community participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” This participation may come in the form of serving on a board of directors, as an athlete spokesperson, team captain or coach, community representative etc.

There are a number of courses designed for ALPs – these courses have been created based upon their relevance to the ALPs mandate, ease of instruction and, of course, athlete interest. A sample of some of the courses offered in the 2015/2016 season include: leadership, speakers training, healthy lifestyles, and social media.

i. Leadership and Speakers Training

 Athletes are eager to take on meaningful leadership roles within the Special Olympics movement. This course allows athletes explore team building, group dynamics and various leadership styles.  Athletes are introduced to a number of volunteer positions available to them (i.e. assistant coach, event volunteer, games management etc.). This course also seeks to prepare athletes to participate in the Special Olympics programming and policy dialogue via instruction and practice in forming and articulating opinions, group discussion and techniques for gathering input. This module will also include speakers training which enables athletes to practice creating and delivering simple speeches in front of an audience.

 ii. Healthy Lifestyles

Our athletes have told us they want more information on how to get and stay healthy, as well as how to help their fellow athletes do the same. This course covers the basic principles of health/health care including: sun safety, nutrition, hydration and the importance of exercise. Athletes who have completed this course may be asked to assist in presenting Health Promotion materials at Special Olympics Healthy Athlete  screening days.


 iii. Social Media

An athlete favorite – athletes get the opportunity to explore social media as a critical tool for spreading the Special Olympics message, creating public awareness, using various social  media platforms to report on Special Olympics events, recruiting fellow athletes for events, advertising competitions and so on.