Special Olympics is an organization that has been near and dear to my heart ever since 8th grade when I first volunteered with my middle school for the Spring Games near my hometown. The Leader Advancement Scholarship requires each member to be apart of a LEAD Team, which basically are committees that work with different organizations around CMU. We were placed in different teams according to our 1-10 rank evaluation skills. Special Olympics was my top choice, and I was so excited to hear that I was placed on this LEAD Team. Our LEAD Team met usually once a week starting in September until the end of October. We had to plan our Special Olympics Leadership Launch, this was a leadership conference held for Special Olympic athletes around the state of Michigan. I was a group facilitator for this event where I was given a group of 15-20 students throughout the day with the many activities that were held during the day.
On the day of the Leadership Launch, the LEAD Team arrived early in the morning to set up the facility at the Comfort Inn & Conference Center where we held the Leadership Launch. Our team was split up into groups of two and each pair was given a team name. The theme for this year’s launch was space themed and mine and Mackenzie’s group was “Galaxy Gold”. The day was filled with laughter and smiles when seeing how fun the students were having while learning about the importance of Leadership.
I am so grateful to be apart of this LEAD Team and the Special Olympics Organization. The Leadership Launch was an absolute success and it could not have ran any better without our committee chairs and advisors for our Team. I am looking forward to staying apart of this team for the next three years and excited to see what else is in store!