Young Athletes

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Resources for existing Young Athletes

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

Young Athletes Info Hour – Screen Time & Internet Safety

Screen Time & Internet Safety – “Developing in a Digital Age: Healthy Habits from the Beginning” Young Athlete Families and members of the Special Olympics Colorado community are invited to attend this Young Athlete Family Info Hour, focused on screen time and internet safety! Guest Speaker: Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, Ph.D./Director Personalized Learning/Mental Health/Douglas County Schools Please pre-register […]

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Young Athletes Info Hour – Ways to Make Eating More Fun

Unhealthy Eating & Age Appropriate Nutrition/Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders - ”Ways to make eating more fun” Young Athlete Families and members of the Special Olympics Colorado community are invited to attend this Young Athlete Family Info Hour, focused on how to make eating more fun! Guest Speaker: Sarah Watson, MS, CCC-SLP; Speech Language Pathologist, Audiology, […]

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Young Athletes Info Hour – Oral Health

Oral Health - “Ways to Keep Those Teeth Shining Bright” Young Athlete Families and members of the Special Olympics Colorado community are invited to attend this Young Athlete Family Info Hour, focused on oral health! Guest Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Goldberg DDS, A Wild Smile Pediatric Dentistry Please pre-register for this event using the link below. More […]

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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.

Visit the Young Athlete YouTube Playlist
JOIN THE YOUNG ATHLETES EMAIL LIST

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