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Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership allows Special Olympics athletes to shape the future of the Special Olympics movement and ensure that people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to become leaders within the organization as well as in the community. 


The Athlete Leadership Program allows Special Olympics athletes to shape the future of the Special Olympics movement and become leaders within the organization as well as in their own community.  Through the annual Leadership Conference, athletes can become Special Olympics Arizona leaders as Global Messengers, coaches and trainers, and as members of the Athlete Input Council. They also have the freedom to create their own leadership positions in their community. Athletes pair up with mentors that attend the Leadership Conference with them and work with them throughout their leadership experiences.  CLICK HERE for current Athlete Leadership course descriptions and athlete and mentor responsibilities.
Athlete Leadership Program presentations from the 2013 Leadership Conference


The Athlete Employment Project is a project in which Special Olympics Arizona helps mentor & educate athletes on different work place behaviors. The benefits of this program are that companies can hire our Special Olympic athletes. Research has shown that people with Intellectual Disabilities make some of the most loyal/hardworking employees. That means that they provide a lower employee turnover rate because they are loyal employees who tend to stay with a job for a longer period of time. Also, this program provides companies the opportunities to watch our athletes grow on the job as well as a person through their time of employment. Companies that hire people with Intellectual Disabilities tend to have a more loyal customer base and will have an influential impact in helping open the door for more companies to hire these hard working individuals. Learn more about Athlete Emplyment Project.


The Special Olympics Advocacy Resource (SOAR) Program provides advocacy-related services to Special Olympics Athletes. The program forms partnerships between Special Olympics athletes and SOAR Champions, who work with the athlete and their family to assess their needs and connect them with program partners and other available resources to fulfill those needs. 

SOAR offers athletes resources in areas such as:

SOAR Champions:

For assistance with SOAR,  please print this SOAR Athlete Interest Form and send to