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Young Athletes & Developmental Sports Programs

Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport and motor skills, like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. Children of all abilities take part, and they all benefit.

Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills help children in family, community and school activities.

Young Athletes is a fun way for children to get fit. It is important to teach children healthy habits while they are young. This can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning. Young Athletes is easy to do and fun for all. It can be done at home, in schools or in the community using the Young Athletes Activity Guide and basic equipment.

Developmental Sports

Special Olympics Young Athletes provides children with a general introduction to the fundamental gross motor movements that will help them become more successful in sport. While children can participate in Young Athletes through age seven, as children get older, they are often ready for more sport-specific coaching and instruction.

Developmental sports activities can provide an age-appropriate introduction to sports for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 6-12 years old. Sport participation helps children develop physically, mentally and socially and contributes to the development of long-term healthy lifestyles. The fundamental skills and training opportunities gained through developmental sports activities can support children in their growth as Special Olympics athletes and unified partners.

 

Young Athletes Program


IMPORTANT UPDATE: *2020 Spring Season Young Athletes Programs Canceled*

We wanted to share the latest update about the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to Special Olympics programming here in Massachusetts, specifically our Young Athletes programs.

In light of the new recommendations shared by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that large public gatherings be cancelled or postponed, Special Olympics Massachusetts will take the following actions as of 3/19/20:

  • Cancelling or postponing all Special Olympics Massachusetts events and trainings through May 9, 2020. This cancellation includes Young Athletes programs.

To continue reading the rest of the memo you can do so here.


Summer and Fall Season Programs

With the spring season program sites now canceled, we will be shifting our focus towards planning for the summer/fall seasons. As program dates and times are confirmed, we will post that information on this page.

While at home in these coming weeks, please check out our newly created Athlete Fitness and Young Athletes resource page on our website! This page is filled with great activity ideas, exercises, stretches and tips to help you stay active even when programs are cancelled.

Sign up for our Young Athletes/Developmental Sports email list!

Program Locations:

Please refer to the map below to find a Young Athlete program location near you. You can select the icons on the map which includes a link to each program’s registration form. All programs meet at different times during the year. As that information becomes available, we will inform you through email.

Any new Young Athlete program locations will be added to this map throughout the year as well.

Starting a New Program:

If interested in learning more about how to start a Young Athletes program within your local community groups, Early Childhood Centers, Pre-K/Elementary Schools, agencies and universities, we would love to work with you to make that happen! The Special Olympics Young Athletes Resources page contains everything you would need to start a program including the Young Athletes activity guide, instructional videos and coaches training guides.

Please contact Eric Archambault for more details.

Developmental Sports Program


IMPORTANT UPDATE: *2020 Spring Season Developmental Sports Programs Canceled*

We wanted to share the latest update about the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to Special Olympics programming here in Massachusetts, specifically our Developmental Sports programs.

In light of the new recommendations shared by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that large public gatherings be cancelled or postponed, Special Olympics Massachusetts will take the following actions as of 3/19/20:

  • Cancelling or postponing all Special Olympics Massachusetts events and trainings through May 9, 2020. This cancellation includes Developmental Sports programs.

To continue reading the rest of the memo you can do so here.


Summer and Fall Season Programs

With the spring season program sites now canceled, we will be shifting our focus towards planning for the summer/fall seasons. As program dates and times are confirmed, we will post that information on this page.

While at home in these coming weeks, please check out our newly created Athlete Fitness and Young Athletes resource page on our website! This page is filled with great activity ideas, exercises, stretches and tips to help you stay active even when programs are cancelled.

Sign up for our Young Athletes/Developmental Sports email list!

Starting a Program:

If interested in learning more about how to start a Developmental Sports program within your local community groups, Elementary Schools, agencies and universities, we would love to work with you to make that happen! The Special Olympics Resources page contains introductory information and sport specific resources to use when starting a program.

Please contact Eric Archambault for more details.