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Young Athletes

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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.
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Upcoming Sessions

Young Athletes Classes
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Ages 2 - 7

Location:
We Rock The Spectrum
1113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 203 Franklin, TN 37064

Dates:
April 20
April 27
May 4
May 11

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

VOLUNTEER HERE

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Sports Club
Saturdays, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12
D1 Training Cool Springs
7115 S Springs Dr, Franklin, TN 37067

April 20 | baseball
May 25 | flag football
June 22 | basketball
July 20 | volleyball

REGISTER HERE
If your athlete is 8 years old or above at the time of the event, we will need an updated Special Olympics Medical Form to participate. The form can be found in the registration link.

VOLUNTEER HERE

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2024 Young Athletes Summer Games

Saturday, May 18
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lipscomb University Intramural Field 
1 University Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37204 

Athletes and siblings must be between ages 3-12.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Athletes and their families are encouraged to arrive at 9:15 a.m. at the Young Athlete Registration table for check-in. The event will take place on the Highland Fields. Athletes will travel to different sport stations focusing on beginner skills and competition. Parents are required to stay at the event location during the program. If your athlete is 8 years old or above at the time of the event, we will need an updated Special Olympics Medical Form to participate. The form can be found in the registration link.

Register to volunteer: CLICK HERE

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Registration Coming Soon:
Young Athletes Summer Camp: June, 2024

Young Healthy Athletes Screening: August 24, 2024

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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