What is athlete leadership?
We are committed to developing and involving athletes as leaders. Athlete Leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement and create inclusive communities around the world. As athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement, they feel empowered and ready to take on new challenges to make use of all their abilities.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership allows athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement beyond sports training and competition. This year, SONH will not only focus on increasing the number of athletes trained as Global Messengers but also provide opportunities for athletes to become voices of our movement, presenters and Input Council members. Leadership roles give athletes a voice in shaping the Special Olympics movement and a chance to spread the word about the transformations Special Olympics can bring to individuals and families. The Athlete Leadership program also provides a way for athletes to showcase talents and interests that may have gone unnoticed, such as public speaking.
Special Olympics New Hampshire is very excited about our enhanced direction in Athlete Leadership. Sport and non-sport opportunities will be offered so athletes can become leaders, have meaningful roles in many areas and contribute not only to their Local Programs but also to the organization and the movement. In essence with appropriate training and encouragement, athletes can be prepared to serve at every level of our organization.