The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities, designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age 8. The program has been developed as a direct response for families of children with intellectual disabilities. The pilot has been implemented thanks to the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation.
The Young Athletes program strengthens physical development and self-esteem for children ages 2 through 7 by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. The skills learned will increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Family members and caregivers also are encouraged to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity. Families are able to connect with their child through a unique approach.
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We came across this video today and couldn’t wait to share with you! An expectant mother wrote an e-mail asking what her life would be like once she had her future son, who will have Down Syndrome. In response, the inspiring video you see below was created. We encourage you to watch the video and then share your thoughts in the comments section.
Toys”R”Us is featuring Special Olympics Louisiana Young Athlete, Peyton this week in their #CheerOnAChampion campaign! Join Toys”R”Us — a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Presenting Sponsor of the first-ever Young Athletes Festival — by donating $5 to help the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games reveal America’s current and future champions! With your support, the possibilities for these athletes are endless.Text CHEER to 80888 to make a $5 donation today!*
It would be interesting to know how you challenge or encourage your spouse, your child, your friends, to become the best person they can be. How do you encourage them to excel? To be better tomorrow than they are today? Give us your thoughts.
Pat Carpenter Bourgeois President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana