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Young Athletes

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.

Children ages 3 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun!

The skills developed using the Young Athletes curriculum prepare children to transition to Special Olympics sports teams and competition settings once they reach the age of 8.

The Young Athletes program is flexible and can be offered in a school or community setting, as well as by parents at home.

Upcoming Sessions

January 6, 2024
New Year Challenge
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
D1 Training Cool Springs
Ages 3 to 12. Beginner sport instruction. Motor skill development. Fun team competitions. Siblings and peers are invited to join.


To get involved, email [email protected].

Young Athletes Stories

Young Athletes Summer Camp Provides a Sibling Connection To Special Olympics

Jenkins family sees tremendous value in Young Athletes programming
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Claybrooks Family Enjoys Learning New Skills at Young Athletes Summer Camp

Children participated in floor hockey, bowling and more
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Young Volunteers Play a Vital Role in the Success of Special Olympics

Grayson Michael had an incredible experience volunteering at Young Athletes Summer Camp
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Southern Athletic Association Volunteers at Young Athletes New Year Challenge

Student-athletes teach Young Athletes new sports skills
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