Become A Mentor

Athlete Leadership allows athletes to explore opportunities in roles previously considered “non-traditional” – such as being an assistant coach, games volunteer, committee member, spokesperson, or an advocate for Special Olympics.  Many athletes have never had the opportunity to express themselves and be heard. Athlete Leadership offers them an opportunity to do so.

Athletes want to give back and they do! They drive change by recruiting more athletes and coaches into their local programs, assisting with fundraising initiatives, and raising awareness about the needs of their fellow athletes.  Just as our athletes need sports coaches to help them develop fitness and sports skills, they also need mentors and facilitators to help them develop their leadership skills.  What they need most is you!

Athlete leaders need volunteer mentors to help them reach their potential off the playing field, through Athlete Leadership. By becoming a volunteer mentor you can help an athlete perfect their public speaking, become a Special Olympics Florida assistant coach or official, or gain the skills and confidence needed to voice their opinions about Special Olympics and its future.  Those are just a few of the many options.

They need your help and all you need is a little time and the desire to make a difference in the life of an athlete. We teach you the rest!

What We Look for in a Mentor

  • The desire to help an athlete shine
  • Availability to give one to two hours per month to work with an athlete(s) (can be virtual)
  • Good organizational, oral and written skills
  • Good listening skills and emotional intelligence
  • Someone who embraces the philosophy of Special Olympics
  • Completion of a Class a Volunteer Form and ability to clear requisite background check - Learn more
  • Completion of General Orientation and Protective Behaviors training
  • Willing to attend training applicable to the role you will be taking on

Contact us to become a mentor today!