Young Athletes

With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.

Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.

Find out more about the program here. 

 

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Young Athletes

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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.

If you, or someone you know, would like more information about the Young Athletes program please click here.

Toys “R” Us

For more than 15 years, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund together have supported Special Olympics and the littlest athletes, primarily through grant funding to advance the Young Athletes™ Program.

Building upon its continued advocacy for children of all abilities, recently, Toys“R”Us significantly expanded its ongoing support of Special Olympics. With a $1.25 million commitment from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, the company will serve as a Games Level sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also awarded a $500,000 grant to Special Olympics to aid in the five-year plan to strengthen and expand the Young Athletes Program in the U.S. and around the world.

Thank you to Toys “R” Us for all you do for the Young Athletes! For more information click here.

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Young Athletes

Young Athlete SOLADid you know Special Olympics has a program for children ages 2 – 7? It is called the Young Athletes Program and it 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.

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Did you know we are not just for adults?

Jacob Rogers - Young Athlete

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.

Learn more about Small Steps, Big Leaps here