Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs)

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

Stephanie Levine
Athlete Leadership & Family Services Coordinator
(720) 359-3113

Upcoming Events

Athlete Leadership Program University (ALPs U)

Athlete Leadership Program University (ALPs U)

Athletes and mentors are invited to attend our Fall semester of our bi-annual ALPs University at University of Denver.

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20 September 2020
ALPs U Fall Semester

ALPs U Fall Semester

Athletes and Mentors are invited to attend the Fall Semester of our Athlete Leadership Program University presented by Comfort Dental! Stay tuned for additional information, please contact Stephanie Levine with questions!

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20 September 2020

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.

Click here for information on ALPs U course curriculum


Athletes who are interested in serving on the Athlete Input Council in the future should alert their Regional Manager and / or Stephanie Levine.

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!