Leadership & Skills Training
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The Leadership & Skills curriculum is designed to provide athletes with leadership training as well as personal and professional development that they can apply to leadership roles in their Program, community and workplace.
The Core Modules
The core modules of the curriculum are designed to provide athletes with the basic knowledge about leadership and what athlete leadership looks like in Special Olympics and their local program.
Introduction to Athlete Leadership

In this module athletes learn about athlete leadership and begin to explore their skills and interests.
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Understanding Leadership

This module takes athletes through the next step of discovering who they are as a leader and recognizing the value they bring as they continue their leadership journey.
Advanced Leadership Modules
The Advanced Leadership Skills section includes five modules that build on the basic skills covered in the Understanding Leadership module.
Understanding Emotions
Athlete leaders will explore the importance of recognizing and managing emotions to build and maintain good relationships.
Engaging with Others
Athlete Leaders learn how to effectively interact with individuals and teams and influence others to follow their lead.
Managing Time & Task
Athlete Leaders explore the importance of effective time management through establishing goals, prioritizing, and being purposeful in planning.
Leading Discussions
Athlete Leaders focus on leading engaging conversations, collecting input from peers, listening to feedback and summarizing the information.
Unified Leadership
Athlete Leaders learn about advocacy and how to become a Unified Leader.
Special Olympics Roles
The Special Olympics Roles modules are designed to provide athletes with an overview of what to expect if they served in one of these leadership roles.
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Athlete Representative
Event Coordinator
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Health Messenger
Sports Leader
Global Messenger
Personal and Professional Development
The Personal and Professional Development modules include four categories of content designed for athletes to enhance skills they can use inside and outside the organization.
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Personal Skills
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Professional Skills
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Engaging the Community
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Storytelling