On September 30th and October 1st, the Yawkey Sports Training Center hostedALPSUniversity. Over 100 athletes, mentors and Special Olympics staff from across New England, including 25 fromMassachusetts attended. Athletes were able to choose courses focusing on Global Messengers, Fundraising, Sports, Technology or Healthy Lifestyles; and every athlete learned about Special Olympics boards, committees and input councils through a Governance course.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement beyond sports training and competition. ThroughALPsathletes become the organization’s best advocates as spokespeople and Board and committee members.
Staff members Anne Curran,Martha Dove, and George Kent attended Train the Trainer Training to become certified to teach courses in ALPS University. Athletes and mentors from SOMA included Denise and Marilyn Carriere; Colin andVirginia Davidson; Beth and Gina Donahue; Tyler, Ron and Deb Legasse; Elizabeth and Caroline McCourt; Matt Millett; Jeanne and JoAnn Parent; Melissa and Annelies Reilly; Kerri Solminski; Peter and Amy Stucchi; and Michael and Barbara Wilson.
ALPS University was possible through a grant from Special Olympics Inc, and the KDC Foundation.