Athlete Leadership

“What makes Special Olympics great is our athletes. What makes us amazing is the leadership our athletes offer when they participate in the design and delivery of Special Olympics Washington.” 

-Dave Lenox, President & CEO, Special Olympics Washington

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Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) supports the principle of “Nothing About Us Without Us” when it comes to including athletes in the planning and implementation of programming. If you compete with SOWA, we invite you to share your ideas, volunteer at events, and help lead the movement.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, check out our volunteer portal by clicking here.

SOWA athletes currently serve or have served in a variety of leadership roles, including:

SOWA Board Members

2018 USA Games Board Members


Team Captains

Event Volunteers

Ambassadors (Public Speakers)

Athlete Input Council Members

Area Leadership Team Members

Health Ambassadors

And more…

In addition to the standard training we have for these roles, we also offer additional workshops and training materials if needed. Volunteers without disabilities can take these trainings as well. We also have disability awareness and inclusion training to help volunteers without disabilities lead inclusively alongside those with disabilities.

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