Motor Activities Training Program

Motor Activities Training Program is a motor skills development initiative designed for persons with severe limitations who do not yet possess the physical skills necessary to participate in official Special Olympics sports.

Developed by physical and recreational therapists, the program emphasizes training and participation rather than competition and provides the means for persons with severe limitations to participate in appropriate recreational activities geared to their ability levels.

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 and ribbon to recognize participants who have completed an eight-week MATP program and who have participated in a training day.

When the necessary readiness and skill levels are reached by MATP participants, each Special Olympics sport provides an appropriate transition into that sport.