Special Olympics Young Athletes is an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills and fundamentals like running, kicking and throwing. This program offers families, teachers, caregivers, and others in the community a chance to share the joy of sports with all children completely free of cost.
Young Athletes Program Models
The Community Based Model is implemented in a community setting (park, church, school facility, recreation center, etc.) by trained volunteers and coaches.
The School Based Model is implemented in a pre-school, day care, or elementary school setting in classes, conducted by a teacher.
Benefits Of Young Athletes Program
Children with intellectual disabilities developed motor skills more than twice as fast as others who did not take part, for a seven-month gain.
Social, Emotional, And Learning Skills
Children learn important skills that are useful in pre-primary school and throughout life.
Fun And Easy
Learn how to play with others in an inclusive environment that’s fun and engaging.
Young Athletes prepares children for participation in sports when they are older.
Inclusive play is beneficial to everyone in the community so that we better understand and accept each other.
It is important for children to learn healthy habits at a young age. This program encourages staying physically active while learning!
Get Started Today!
Whether you are looking to enroll your child in a program, launch your own Young Athletes Program, volunteering or just looking for more information, we’ve got you covered. Click on the link below to submit an inquiry and a staff member will be in contact with you soon!
This is a comprehensive guide for Young Athletes that covers everything from getting a program started, specifics on activities used in the program, and tips for doing programs at home, schools and communities.