Young Athletes Program

Special Olympics New York Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7. It introduces basic sport skills and offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

Special Olympics New York Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7. It introduces basic sport skills and offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

Young Athletes Programs are run in one of three different settings – schools, communities or homes.

Schools:
Teachers and therapists can use Young Athletes in the classroom to support children in developing important motor, communication and learning skills.

Community:
Young Athletes provides an opportunity for children with and without intellectual disabilities to come together with a coach for organized play. In community programs, family members can share in the fun with their child.

Home:
Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends play together at home with children using Young Athletes for activities and ideas.

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Young Athletes focuses on the following skills:

  • Foundational Skills (strength, flexibility and body awareness)
  • Walking and Running
  • Balance and Jumping
  • Trapping and Catching
  • Throwing
  • Striking
  • Kicking
  • Advanced Sport Skills
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Want to get your Young Athlete started today?  Join the fun with the At Home inclusive play videos below.

ResourcesResources

Foundational Skills
Develop fitness, strength, body awareness, spatial concepts, adaptive skills following directions, imitating motor movements and visual tracking skills.

Walking and Running
Build walking and running skills, fitness, strength, body awareness, spatial concepts, and adaptive skills following directions, imitating motor movements.

Balance and Jumping
Increase fitness, strength, body awareness, spatial concepts, balance, jumping, and hand eye  coordination, and adaptive skills following directions, imitating motor movements.

Trapping and Catching
Grow fitness, strength, body awareness, spatial  concepts, balance, hand eye  coordination, motor control and body movement.

Throwing
Advance throwing skills, fitness, strength, body awareness, and spatial concepts.

Striking
Develop kicking skills, fitness, strength, body awareness, eye hand coordination, and adaptive skills following directions, imitating motor movements.

Kicking

Broaden kicking skills, flexibility, general fitness, strength, body awareness,  coordination, spatial concepts, and adaptive skills following directions, imitating motor movements.

Advanced Sports
Apply the skills developed over the course of the Young Athletes program to sports games.

Family Flash Cards: Fun and engaging flashcards featuring each of the individual activities and at home equipment modifications for families to use at home to run Young Athletes.

Young Athletes At HomeGuide for families and caregivers on how to run Young Athletes activities at home.

Healthy Play at Home: Poster for families to track the various healthy behaviors they do at home.