Special Olympics Nigeria held its Athletes Leadership Programs ALPs – Athletes Input Council (AIC) at the program office in Maryland, Lagos on Wednesday 5th November, 2014. The Council meeting was attended by 5 athletes and 5 mentors.View Story ▼Special Olympics Nigeria held its Athletes Leadership Programs ALPs – Athletes Input Council (AIC) at Special Olympics Nigeria Office, Maryland, Lagos on Wednesday 5th November, 2014. The Council meeting was attended by 5 athletes and 5 mentors.
The Athletes Input Council provides a platform where Special Olympics athletes can let their opinions and ideas be known to the Board of Directors. This Council also allows the athletes participate and contribute towards important decisions that affect them and the program as a whole.
The role, responsibilities of council members, uniqueness and mission of Special Olympics were highlighted and discussed. The athletes were informed that ALPs Input Council provides athletes opportunities to develop leadership skills, serve as volunteers, provide valuable input to the operation of Special Olympics, be role models for other athletes, and serve as ambassadors in the community
The athletes/mentors discussed the Special Olympics Nigeria sports program and how to introduce new sport to a new program provided there is adequate FUNDING during the brainstorming session. The council members agreed to introduce football, because is the most popular. The council will source for funding to provide good sporting facilities for training, competitions, transportation, allowances for officials, catering, medicals and kits.
Mr. Ayodele Joseph mentioned that he appreciated the uniqueness of Special Olympics because no fees are charged and there are equal opportunities for all athletes irrespective of their abilities. He thanked Special Olympics for creating an avenue for people with intellectual disabilities
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