Athlete Leadership Council (ALC)

State Athlete Leadership Council Members

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Chair

Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl

Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl

Chair
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
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Northeast Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark

Northeast Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
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Southeast Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative

Vince Egan

Vince Egan

Southeast Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
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Denver Region ALC Chair and Representative

Aidan McNeese

Aidan McNeese

Denver Region ALC Chair and Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
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Western Slope Region Representative

Jeffrey Almond

Jeffrey Almond

Western Slope Region Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
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Member At-Large

Lauren Kelly

Lauren Kelly

Member At-Large
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Northeast Athlete Leadership Council Members

Jeff Clark

Northeast Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Greg Mark

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Bella Larsen

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Caitlin Hass

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Denver Athlete Leadership Council Members

Aidan McNeese

Aidan McNeese

Denver Region Athlete Leadership Council Chair and Representative
Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
Denver Region Athlete Leadership Council Member - Ben Barnhart

Ben Barnhart

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
Denver Region Athlete Leadership Council Member - Jared Carstensen

Jared Carstensen

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
Denver Region Athlete Leadership Council Member - Rylan Krems

Rylan Krems

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete
Denver Region Athlete Leadership Council Member - Kate Yonushewski

Kate Yonushewski

Special Olympics Colorado
Athlete

Athlete Leadership Council Qualifications and Requirements

  • Athlete who sits on State Board must fill one (1) spot on the council
  • Athlete who is tapped from the Youth Activation Committee (YAC) must fill one (1) spot on the council
  • There must be four (4) athletes each representing their region
  • Athletes must be prepared to sit on the council for 2 years
  • Attend 75% of yearly meetings (at least 3)
  • Active participant in Special Olympics Colorado Programs: not only an athlete but also a participant in at least 1 other aspect of programming such as leadership, volunteering, coaching, health, etc.
  • Be willing to speak or present to groups of people about Special Olympics
  • Athlete must be able to communicate effectively. They should demonstrate adequate expressive and receptive language skills. This can include non-verbal communication methods.
  • Athlete should demonstrate appropriate behaviors; i.e. gets along with others, has positive outlook, is dependable, demonstrates polite behaviors, and good sportsmanship.
  • Willing to help out when needed and motivate others
  • Athlete must be over 18, or no longer attending high school (excluding Youth Activation Committee Liaison)
  • Once term is up, athlete will attend one more meeting to transition new member that will replace their position

NOTE: If selected athlete fails to meet the qualifications and requirements as outlined above, they are subject to removal from their position.

Athlete Leadership Council Selection Process

Youth Activation Committee (YAC) representative will be nominated by the staff member overseeing the YAC at the time. All other members will follow steps outlined below:

  • Athlete leadership manager will announce open position
  • Allow two-week time period for nominations
  • Convene committee to review the applications
  • Committee will consist of 2-3 SOCO staff members in addition to the athlete leadership coordinator. Members may include CEO, Regional Managers, or other staff whom interact with athletes closely.
  • Member chosen and announced prior to next meeting

Applicants may self-nominate, and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND having a reference letter from a coach and/or Regional Manager. In order to apply for an open position, you MUST compete in the region you are applying to represent. (I.e. a Denver athlete cannot fill the role of the Western Slope representative)

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

ALC FAQs

Why are we adding four more ALCs?

The members of the state ALC wanted to create more positions for athlete leaders and get more representation of athletes around the state.

What is the Northeast Regional ALC?

The Northeast Regional ALC is like the state ALC but just for athletes who compete in the Northeast region. We are looking for 4 members.

How is it different than the State ALC?

They will only discuss things that affect the northeast region, and then their State ALC member, and chair, will bring their information to our state ALC meeting.

How can I get involved?

As an athlete, you can fill out the application when new positions are available! You must be over 18, or no longer in high school, and compete in the northeast region.