Motor Activities Training Program
Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) is designed for athletes who are unable to participate in official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities.
MATP is designed to prepare athletes — including those with severe or profound intellectual disability and significant physical disabilities — for sport-specific activities appropriate for their ability levels.
Developed by physical and recreational therapists, the program emphasizes training and participation rather than competition and provides the means to participate in appropriate recreational activities.
Individuals who participate in MATP activities work as hard as other Special Olympics athletes, and they deserve recognition for their efforts. Special Olympics has created a challenge medal to recognize participants who have completed an eight-week MATP program and/or who have participated in a training day.
Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. Coaching materials, rules, and other resources can be found on our resource page.