Young Athletes

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IMPACT

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. But there is more to it than that!

Young Athletes Overview Video

8,000+

YOUNG ATHLETES

96%

OF ATHLETES
EXPERIENCED IMPROVED
SELF-CONFIDENCE

150+

YOUNG ATHLETE
SCHOOLS

7-MONTH GAIN

IN MOTOR SKILLS AFTER 8-WEEKS OF YOUNG ATHLETE PARTICIPATION

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

*please note – you can participate in more than one Young Athletes program at a time.

SCHOOL

School-based Young Athletes (Ages 2 – 7)

Introduce your child to the world of sports. Benefits include improved gross motor and social skills, hand-eye coordination, greater sense of confidence and more!

Red Shirt Rookies (Ages 6 – 11)

An elementary after-school program that promotes sports-based skill-building and unified play from an early age.

COMMUNITY

Learn to Play (Ages 2 - 10)

Learn to run, bowl, golf, ski and more in this fun and engaging introduction to sports.

Young Athletes Camps (Ages 2-10)

Gain exposure to a wide variety of sports through Young Athletes summer camps. Basketball, soccer, t-ball and tennis are just a few of the sports introduced.

Young Athletes Teams (Ages 4 – 7)

This transitional program provides opportunities for your young athlete to play on a development team in a traditional sport setting.

Competitive Community Teams (Ages 8+)

Offer your child individual, or team, competitive athletic opportunities at the community level. Build a love of sport, have fun and meet some amazing friends along the way!

Young Athletes schools and families have free, and direct access to resources and opportunities from Special Olympics Colorado.

  • Sports equipment and curriculum
  • Supplies
  • T-shirts and medals for all!
  • Health and Wellness Curriculum (Healthy LEAP)
  • Young Athlete field day supplies
  • Comprehensive coaches training for teachers and therapists
  • Young Athletes camps
  • Learn to Play opportunities in a variety of sports
  • Structured transition to competitive teams through Unified Juniors
  • At-home gross motor skills
  • Competition opportunities at Special Olympics CO regional and state events

Parent's Name(Required)
Address(Required)

Child's Name(Required)
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Has your child been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability/Delay/Disorder(Required)
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Is your child between the ages of 8-15 and is interested in transitioning to a competitive youth team?
By completing this form you acknowledge that you will be added to the email database and will receive opportunities regarding Special Olympics Colorado's Young Athletes."(Required)
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Schools:
  • Sports equipment and curriculum
  • Supplies
  • T-shirts and medals for all!
  • Health and Wellness Curriculum (Healthy LEAP)
  • Young Athlete field day supplies
  • Comprehensive coaches training for teachers and therapists
Community: (Families, play groups, etc.)
  • Young Athletes camps
  • Learn to Play opportunities in a variety of sports
  • Structured transition to competitive teams through Unified Juniors
  • At-home gross motor skills
  • Competition opportunities at Special Olympics CO regional and state events
Get Started

Parent's Name(Required)
Address(Required)

Child's Name(Required)
MM slash DD slash YYYY
Has your child been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability/Delay/Disorder(Required)
Hidden
Is your child between the ages of 8-15 and is interested in transitioning to a competitive youth team?
By completing this form you acknowledge that you will be added to the email database and will receive opportunities regarding Special Olympics Colorado's Young Athletes."(Required)
How did you hear about us?(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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CONTACT US TODAY

Mandi DeWitt

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

Ashtyn Anderson

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

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