Athlete Leadership Overview
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow Special Olympic Colorado (SOCO) athletes to help shape the future of the Special Olympics movement and ensure all people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to participate in sports training and competition that is fun and fair. ALPs train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles other than or in addition to sports.
Goals of Athlete Leadership Programs:
- Allow athletes self-determination of how and in what roles they will participate in Special Olympics
- Provide athletes with the training and certification, where appropriate, to properly prepare them for success
- Include athletes in 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 SOCO policies and rules
Athlete Leadership & Family Services Coordinator
Athlete Leadership Programs
ALPs University (ALPs U)
SOCO hosts its ALPs U twice a year, which provides education for athletes in a variety of leadership topics.
Athlete Input Council
This council is a forum for athletes to report to other athletes and Program leaders what is happening in their areas, voice their opinions about important issues, and gain leadership training and experience. Seven representatives will sit on the Council for a two-year term (2019-20) and there will be quarterly meetings (February, May, August & November) the week prior to the Colorado State Board meetings.
2019-2020 Athlete Input Council Members
- Chair – Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl
- Denver – Charity Cannon
- West – Jacob Duran
- Northeast – Tim Miner
- YAC – Colton Rice
- Southeast – Tim Sharpe
- At-Large – Andie Zitek
Check out our ALPs U Leaders on the Game Night Promotional Team for the Nuggets Unified Squad!