Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles other than, or in addition to sports. They offer athletes an opportunity to participate as partners in all aspects of the Special Olympics movement in Wisconsin.

Athlete Interest Form

Goals of ALPs

  • Allow athletes to determine how and in what roles they will participate in Special Olympics.
  • Provide our athletes with the training and certification, where appropriate, to properly prepare them for success.
  • Include athletes in meaningful positions of influence and leadership throughout the organization to help determine policy and set direction.
  • Provide training and education for existing leadership as we welcome and encourage athletes in their new roles.
  • Recognize athletes’ ability to contribute in these roles in a meaningful way by holding them accountable to all Special Olympics Wisconsin policies, rules, and standards.


  1. Improve self-confidence
  2. Prepare athletes for jobs
  3. Prepare athletes to live on their own
  4. Increase ability to make personal decisions
  5. Improve friendships and family relationships

Athletes involved in ALPs may serve as:

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Congress or Input Councils
  • Coaches and Officials
  • Donors
  • Employed by Special Olympics
  • Newsletter/website Contributors
  • Global Messengers (Speakers Bureau)
  • Local, Regional or State Committees and Management Teams
  • Mentors to Other Athletes

“I am so honored to be representing Special Olympics Wisconsin at the X Games again. I can’t wait to see my snowboarding partner and friend, Hannah Teter, once again. We have been X Games partners all four years of this event and we’ve medaled every year. We are the only all-girl team, so Girl Power!” – Daina ShiltsSpecial Olympic snowboarder

For more information, contact

Jeanne Hrovat, VP of Unified Leadership