Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs)

The Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs) trains athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles in addition to competitive sports activities. Using a university model where athletes receive credit for attending classes and completing practical experience, participants can earn degrees in Communication, Sports, and Governance.


Introduction to Athlete Leadership
Overview of ALPs curriculum, input councils, basics of leadership, concluding with development of personal mission statement and selection of a major

Communication Major

Sports Major

Governance Major

Global Messenger I: Students develop presentation skills. Athletes as Coaches: Focus on qualities of an effective S.O. official/coach. Governance I: Training in financial statements, resumes, job descriptions, etc.
Power Point: How to build PP presentations. OR Technology I: How to use email, Internet, etc. Sports Skills Course: Athletes learn the rules of a sport. Power Point: How to build PP presentations. OR Technology I: How to use email, Internet, etc.
Global Messenger II: Students learn advanced presentation skills to give speeches to schools, groups, and parents. Athletes as Officials: Athletes go through certification programs. OR 2nd Sports Skills Course Governance II: Advanced training in financial statements, resumes, job descriptions, etc.
Additional programs are Athletes as Fund Raisers, Athletes as Volunteers, Athletes as Course Instructors, Athletes on Boards or Committees,, etc.
Each class is an 8-hour course. Introduction to Athlete Leadership is the required first course and Leadership is the final course. Courses require participation in the class and completion of a practicum within 6 months. Also available is a non-degree class (Athletes Helping Special Olympics) which gives training in Special Olympic facts, volunteering, and fundraising.



  • Athletes must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Athletes must be accompanied by a volunteer helper who works with the athlete during each class and during the required practical experience.

Dates Scheduled

Fall Semester is scheduled mid-November and Spring Semester is in April.

Hours Scheduled

Two-day event: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Cost for Johnson County athletes is absorbed by Special Olympics Johnson County.

For more Information Contact

Special Olympics Johnson County
Phone: 317-738-7038