UMass Amherst Young Athletes Program

We are excited to share that the Special Olympics club at UMass Amherst will be hosting a Level 1 & 2 Young Athletes program this spring season!

The Level 1 class will be for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities, focusing on fun activities that aid in the development of motor skills through running, jumping, balancing, throwing, kicking, catching and more! Specific activities covered during a Level 1 class can be referenced in the Young Athletes Activity Guide.

The Level 2 class will be offered for children ages 6-12, and will focus more sport specific skill development and early game play concepts. The sports they will focus on for this spring will be soccer and track and field.

The meeting details for both age groups can be referenced below:

Dates: Sunday Mornings – March 26, April 2, April 23, April 30, May 7

Level 1 group (ages 2-6) will meet from 10:30am – 11:15am

Level 2 group (ages 6-12) will meet from 11:45am – 12:30pm

Location: TBD but on campus.

If you’d like to participate, please complete the registration form below. We will be able to accommodate the first 20 registrations received for each age group, and then start a wait list from there. 


UPDATE on 3/8/23 – The Level 1 class is at capacity. Please email Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org to join a waitlist. 


UMass Amherst Young Athletes

Young Athlete Online Registration

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  • If your child is NEW to the program please provide a shirt size. This shirt is your child's uniform and he/she should wear it each week.
  • Young Athletes Release Form

    I am the parent/guardian of the minor participant, on whose behalf I have submitted the attached application for participation in Special Olympics. I further represent and warrant that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the participant is physically and mentally able to participate in Special Olympics. In permitting the participant to participate, I am specifically granting my permission, forever, to Special Olympics to use the participant’s likeness, name, voice and words in television, radio, film, newspapers, magazines and other media, internet and in any form, for the purpose of publicizing, promoting or communicating the purposes and activities of Special Olympics and/or applying for funds to support those purposes and activities. I also understand that group data collected from the Young Athletes Pilot Program will be used to plan, evaluate, and improve the program. If a medical emergency should arise during the participant’s participation in any Special Olympics activities, at a time when I am not personally present so as to be consulted regarding the participant’s care, I hereby authorize Special Olympics, on my behalf, to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that the participant is provided with any emergency medical treatment, including hospitalization, which Special Olympics deems advisable in order to protect the participant’s health and well-being. (IF YOU HAVE RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS TO RECEIVING SUCH MEDICAL TREATMENT, PLEASE CONTACT SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSSETTS) I am the parent (guardian) of the participant named in this application. I have read and fully understand the provisions of the above release, and have explained these provisions to the participant. Through my signature on this release form, I am agreeing to the above provisions on my own behalf and on the behalf of the participant named above. I hereby give my permission for the participant named above to participate in Special Olympics games, recreation programs, and physical activity programs.
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