“Toys”R”Us signing as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games continues their on-going support of our movement,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Their vision and leadership in the area of inclusive play will only add to the unity that these National Games will create throughout New Jersey and the nation.” Read the full announcement
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will take place at sporting venues throughout New Jersey, June 14 through June 21. More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 17 sports. An estimated 10,000 volunteers as well as 50,000 additional spectators will be in attendance. Learn more about the games here.
Since 2007, Special Olympics Louisiana has implemented the SMALL STEPS, BIG LEAPS program which is for children 2 to 7 years old.
Small Steps, Big Leaps (also known as the Young Athlete Program) is a sports play program that introduces children 2 to 7 yrs. old to sports prior to competition for Special Olympics at age eight. It utilizes physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking & eye-hand coordination play. Children build skills through planned activities on a regular basis and apply these skills in preparation for later competition. Special Olympics Louisiana has interactive kits and resource guides available for those that are interested.