Young Athletes

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ABOUT YOUNG ATHLETES

Special Olympics Colorado created Young Athletes in 2008 to reach out to children with intellectual disabilities. Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and their non-disabled peers. Ultimately, Young Athletes introduces children, and families, to the world of sport, with the goal of preparing them for sports training and competition as they get older.

GOALS OF THE PROGRAM

This program is designed to address two specific levels of play.
  • LEVEL 1:

    Physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination.

  • LEVEL 2:

    Applying these physical activities through a sports skills activity program and developing skills consistent with Special Olympics sports play. The activities will consist of foundational skills, walking & running, balance, and jumping, trapping & catching, throwing, striking, kicking and advanced skills.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

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OBJECTIVE 1

Engage children with intellectual disabilities through developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster physical, cognitive, and social development.

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OBJECTIVE 2

Welcome family members of children with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support.

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OBJECTIVE 3

Raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation, demonstrations and other events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Healthy Relationships and Boundaries Part One

In this webinar, Terri Couwenhoven will be speaking as part of Special Olympics Colorado's Family Health Forum. Part One's programming is catered towards family members, caregivers, staff members, coaches, and other support people of our athletes.4:00-5:00 PM Don’t Cross the Line! Navigating Boundary Confusion in People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Boundary confusion is a […]

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Healthy Relationships and Boundaries Part Two

In this webinar, Terri Couwenhoven will be speaking as part of Special Olympics Colorado’s Family Health Forum. Part Two's programming is catered towards our athletes only. This is for athletes that are ages 15 and up.4:00-5:00 PM Don’t Cross The Line!  Boundary Basics for Staying Safe and Appropriate In this session you will learn what a […]

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Strategic Plan Town Hall

Special Olympics Colorado will be hosting a Strategic Plan Town Hall on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. This town hall is open to everyone, including coaches, athletes, volunteers, etc. During this time, we will review our Strategic Plan and answer any questions you may have! If you are interested in attending, please click the […]

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Young Athletes Basketball Skills

Join our Young Athletes for Virtual Basketball Skills Practice every Saturday from January 23 through March 13! Each week, our Young Athletes will be working on developing and strengthening skills around the sport of Basketball. On Mondays our Young Athletes will receive the skills to work on throughout the week via the Young Athletes YouTube […]

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Young Athletes Basketball Skills

Join our Young Athletes for Virtual Basketball Skills Practice every Saturday from January 23 through March 13! Each week, our Young Athletes will be working on developing and strengthening skills around the sport of Basketball. On Mondays our Young Athletes will receive the skills to work on throughout the week via the Young Athletes YouTube […]

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Strong Minds – Compassion for Yourself

Join us for the next part of our Virtual Family Health Forum Speaker series on Wednesday, February 10th to discuss Strong Minds - Compassion for Yourself.

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Young Athletes Basketball Skills

Join our Young Athletes for Virtual Basketball Skills Practice every Saturday from January 23 through March 13! Each week, our Young Athletes will be working on developing and strengthening skills around the sport of Basketball. On Mondays our Young Athletes will receive the skills to work on throughout the week via the Young Athletes YouTube […]

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Young Athletes Basketball Skills

Join our Young Athletes for Virtual Basketball Skills Practice every Saturday from January 23 through March 13! Each week, our Young Athletes will be working on developing and strengthening skills around the sport of Basketball. On Mondays our Young Athletes will receive the skills to work on throughout the week via the Young Athletes YouTube […]

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Health and Fitness for the Whole Family

Join us for the next part of our Virtual Family Health Forum Speaker series on Wednesday, February 24 to discuss Health and Fitness.

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Young Athletes Basketball Skills

Join our Young Athletes for Virtual Basketball Skills Practice every Saturday from January 23 through March 13! Each week, our Young Athletes will be working on developing and strengthening skills around the sport of Basketball. On Mondays our Young Athletes will receive the skills to work on throughout the week via the Young Athletes YouTube […]

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Young Athletes includes several resources — a Young Athletes Activities Guide, a Training DVD and a Young Athletes Equipment Kit — to guide family members, educators and other professionals as they conduct Young Athletes activities with their children, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandchildren, students or patients.

An advanced curriculum guide for kindergarten to second grade (ages 5-7) students is currently being developed to ensure continued involvement after completing preschool Young Athletes.

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CONTACT US

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Mandi DeWitt

Director of Young Athletes
(720) 359-3117
Email: mmd@specialolympicsco.org

Ashtyn Anderson

Young Athletes Coordinator
(720) 359-3137
Email: aanderson@specialolympicsco.org