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Athlete Leadership Programs

Athlete Leadership exists to empower the most important people in our movement…. The athletes. It creates opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.  We also provide athletes the tools to utilize their voices to effect change inside and outside Special Olympics to help create inclusive communities all over the world.

Athlete Leadership Council (ALC)

A dedicated and talented group of Athlete leaders has been meeting since 2013 every month to share ideas, and concerns, make recommendations, and provide feedback on events and competitions.

Athletes as Board Members

Three members of the ALC also serve on the Special Olympics South Dakota Board of Directors.


Southeast – Chris Hilla

Northeast – Victor Weigel

Black Hills – David Tanner