The Special Olympics Young Athletes program applies cutting edge research on social, neurological and cognitive development to create play activities for children, their families and their communities in Vermont. For children with intellectual disabilities ages two through seven, Young Athletes introduces the world of Special Olympics by engaging them in developmentally appropriate play activities. In Vermont, Young Athletes programs come to life in community centers and in collaboration with universities where the joy of play and the therapeutic power of activity not only support the development of children with intellectual disabilities, but also highlight their potential.
For more information about participating in or hosting a YAP, please contact Caitlin Jenkins.
To enroll in a YAP program:
For all athletes (children with disabilities) please fill out and submit the Athlete Medical and Release Form. If an athlete has had a medical examination within the last year, the form can be submitted to a pediatrician to fill out based on the most recent visit. Once received by Special Olympics, the registration packet only needs to be renewed every three years.
For all partners (children without disabilities) please fill out and submit the School Unified Partner Application Form. This would include all siblings, friends, etc. Once submitted, the partner application only needs to be renewed every three years.
Upcoming YAP Programs:
Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington: Saturday mornings 10-11am, Feb. 6 – March 26
Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans: Saturday mornings 10-11am, March 12 – April 16