Leadership & Skills Training
Athletes and Special Olympics representatives sitting around a table conversing.
The Leadership & Skills curriculum for Athlete Leadership 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.

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

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.
Athlete leaders will explore the importance of recognizing and managing emotions to build and maintain good relationships.
Athlete Leaders learn how to effectively interact with individuals and teams and influence others to follow their lead.
Athlete Leaders explore the importance of effective time management through establishing goals, prioritizing, and being purposeful in planning.
Athlete Leaders focus on leading engaging conversations, collecting input from peers, listening to feedback and summarizing the information.
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.
Athletes will learn how to help set policy, make improvement recommendations, introduce new ideas, and implement those ideas.
Athletes will learn to promote, educate, and inform others about the mission, benefits, and direction of Special Olympics.
Personal and Professional Development
The Personal and Professional Development modules will include a wide variety of content designed for athletes to enhance their skills that can be used both inside and outside the organization. This content is priority in 2022. If you are interested in helping with this content or sharing your ideas, please email bschatsiek@specialolympics.org .