Special Olympics Kansas health messenger training


  1. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who is passionate about your health?
  2. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who is interested in leading other athletes to become healthier?
  3. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who is interested in talking with health care providers or political leaders about the importance of health care for people with intellectual disabilities?
  4. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who will work with your Special Olympics Program to train additional Health Messengers locally?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider applying to be trained as a Special Olympics Kansas Health Messenger!

A Health Messenger is a Special Olympics athlete who has been trained to serve as a health and wellness leader, educator, advocate and role model within their Special Olympics communities and the community at large.

Athletes will be trained to:

  • Present and interact at meetings with health partners and health influencers
  • Be health representatives on Athlete Input councils and Boards
  • Motivate peers on maintaining good nutrition, hydration and physical activity
  • Deliver Fit5 lessons to other athletes
  • Lead Special Olympics athletes to establish healthy lifestyles and set personal health and fitness goals

Mentors will be trained to:

  • Work with Health Messengers to accomplish their local goals
  • Continue providing support to athlete leaders both locally and globally

SO Kansas will be expected to:

  • Support the Health Messenger achieve their goals as health leaders when they come back to their Program
  • Support any resource needs the Health Messenger has to activate from the training.

Dates: February 2-25 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm – 6pm) – Total of 8 sessions

Location: Online via Zoom

Who: 5 Special Olympics Kansas athletes + 5 mentors

Register below. Questions? Contact Jesse Lyle at

Are you up for the challenge?

Health Messenger Trainee Qualifications:

  • Active Special Olympics Kansas athlete
  • Interested in health and committed to putting the training into action in your community and SO Program
  • Available to attend all online training sessions
  • Has an identified Mentor to attend the training and to support going forward
  • Willing to participate in pre-training conference calls
  • Has been approved by Local Program for participation.

Application Process:

Each applicant must put together a no more than 4-minute video (note: the video can be taken using a smart phone, no special equipment required!) explaining why you think you would be a good Health Messenger. For the video, we encourage your creativity! But remember that it must be around health. The video can include:

  • Ways you are trying to lead a healthy life,
  • A personal health story,
  • A plan of what you would do to help other athletes become healthier,
  • An explanation as to why it’s important that people with intellectual disabilities are included in health care policy or plans.

Applicants must also submit the online “Athlete Applicant Information” form.

The video and form should be submitted to by January 28th Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.