Special Olympics Young Athletes
Dates: Sept 13 – Nov 1
Location: YMCA Toddler Gym
Age: 2-7 years
Young athletes is an innovative sports play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age 8.
Goals of the Program:
-Engage children with intellectual disabilities through developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster physical, cognitive and social development.
-Welcome family members of children with and without intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support.
-Raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation, demonstrations and other events.
-Develop skills for success as a future Special Olympics athlete: foundation skills, balancing & jumping, trapping & catching, kicking, walking & running, throwing, striking and other advanced skills.