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What We Do

Young Athletes & Developmental Sports

Happy Halloween!

Calling All Young Athletes and Developmental Sports Athletes! Join us for any of our end of fall season events which we will be happening soon! Please check out the flyers below for locations, dates, times and details. The links to register can be found on each flyer. Also included in the flyer are pre-screening protocols to expect when you arrive as well as what the structure of activities will look like from a safe social distance. Please contact Eric Archambault if you have any questions about registering.

                   Young Athletes (ages 2-6)                                                                Developmental Sports (ages 6-12)


Fall Season BINGO Challenge

Participate in our Fall Season Bingo Challenge and have the opportunity to win an at-home Young Athletes backpack kit!

The kits contain a Special Olympics branded backpack, set of floor spots, juggling scarves, bean bags, mini cone markers, fleece balls, yellow foam ball, Special Olympics stress ball, 2 picture books and some Young Athletes at-home play learning materials. We have 10 bags to raffle off, so for every completed bingo card submitted, you will receive 10 entries into the raffle.

Please download the Bingo Card, complete the entire card for credit, snap a picture and upload to the Young Athletes Bingo Challenge Form. Bingo card entries are due by Friday, November 20th! From there, we will draw the winners!


Zoom Classes:

We are excited to share that we will be starting another series of Zoom classes for Young Athletes and Developmental Sports activities! To register, please do so HERE. Once the registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting room.

We will be meeting on the following dates at 5:00 pm:

Friday’s: August 28th, September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd

Both the Young Athletes and Developmental Sports classes will be meeting at 5:00 pm. We will go through warm ups and introductions as a larger group then split into breakout rooms for the skill specific activities. We will be reviewing fun, motor skill development activities with the Young Athletes group (children ages 2-7) and for Developmental Sports (children ages 6-12), we will be focusing on sport specific skills in floorball (floor hockey) the first 3 weeks and tennis/badminton the last 3 weeks.

Story Time:

We are excited to share that we are continuing on with our Story Time series on Zoom!

We will be meeting on the following dates at 5:30 pm:

Thursdays: September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th

We will be reading a fun children’s story each week, with different movements incorporated into the reading. The link to register for the Zoom meeting can be found HERE.


Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an inclusive 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. Developmental Sports is a great option for children who aren’t necessarily ready for a competitive team yet, and still provides the benefits of being in a team environment. Sports covered during a Developmental Sports seasonal program include track & field, soccer, floorball, softball, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball and flag football.


Young Athletes (ages 2-7)


IMPORTANT (COVID-19) INFORMATION:

Our Return to Play and COVID-19 Safety Guidelines can be found here. We will continue hosting our virtual Zoom classes into the fall season and will continue to monitor the state guidances to determine when it will be safe to return to in person programming again. For any questions, please contact Eric Archambault.


Resources

Please check out the 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 at home.

A new resource page, Young Athletes at Home, is also available to families. The webpage includes resources to run Young Athletes activities at home, including the Family Flashcards, At Home Guide and Activity videos. This page will be updated regularly with new materials and also includes COVID-19 specific resource for families with young children from key SO partners.

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 (ages 6-12)


IMPORTANT (COVID-19) INFORMATION:

Our Return to Play and COVID-19 Safety Guidelines can be found here. We will continue hosting our virtual Zoom classes into the fall season and will continue to monitor the state guidances to determine when it will be safe to return to in person programming again. For any questions, please contact Eric Archambault.


Resources

Please check out the 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 at home.

The Special Olympics Inc. Developmental Sports resource page can be found here.

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


Program Locations

Please refer to the map below to find a Developmental Sports 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 Developmental Sports program locations will be added to this map throughout the year as well.

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.

Transition

Once an athlete reaches the age of 8 years old, they become eligible to join one of our community based programs that train and compete in the different Olympic style sports that Special Olympics Massachusetts offers. This is the next step in participation after completing the Young Athletes and/or Developmental Sports program.

To find a community program near you, please contact Eric Archambault for more details.