Young Athletes is a play-based program for young children - from 2-8 years old - who have an intellectual disability and peers who do not. Young Athletes elevates the abilities of children in a socially inclusive, play-based program with an emphasis on sports skill development. Each Young Athletes program has a qualified Early Years head coach, one adult volunteer for every four children participating, and a comprehensive curriculum, including areas covering gross motor, social skills and health.
To understand the power of Young Athletes watch best friends Violet and Anja in the video below from Special Olympics Minnesota.
The program creates welcoming family support networks and addresses three key areas: