Young Athletes

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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!

8,000+

YOUNG ATHLETES

96%

OF ATHLETES
EXPERIENCED IMPROVED
SELF-CONFIDENCE

100+

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 playfrom 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 Athlete summer camps. Basketball, soccer, t-ball and tennis are just a few of the sports introduced.

Unified Juniors (Ages 4 – 10)

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
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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
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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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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TAKE ACTION AND GET STARTED

CONTACT US TODAY

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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