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Athlete leadership develops in Tanzania

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“Athletes should be courageous and believe in themselves, athletes should be given the opportunity to speak at events and share their story, and athletes should be active in decision making in the program,” said Special Olympics Tanzania athlete Mr. Upendo Edward Masanja during an exceptional speech at Athletes Leadership Programs (ALPS) training. Special Olympics athletes are the leaders of the movement. Through ALPS athletes explore opportunities for greater participation in the Special Olympics movement beyond sports training and competition by becoming coaches, officials, team captains, spokespeople or board and committee members One of the committees in which athletes are able to participate is an Athlete Input Council or AIC. The training in Tanzania was specifically geared towards the formation on an AIC in Tanzania. 20 athletes and 10 coaches participated in the training which was monitored by the Special Olympics Tanzania National Director, Mr. Frank Macha and Mr. Masanja. The AIC will contribute extensively to the growth and development of Special Olympics in Tanzania and in the Africa region as a whole.

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Special Olympics Tanzania National Director