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Special Olympics Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7 and provides opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. 

Participate in Young Athletes!

The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics programs that their children can engage with throughout their lifetimes. There is no cost for your family to participate in Young Athletes. The program offers one hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks. For more information and to learn about bringing Young Athletes to your town, please contact Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt.

Children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2-7 are encouraged to participate in Young Athletes.

School Programs

Young Athletes programs are offered at elementary schools throughout the state. For parents who are interested in learning whether a Young Athletes program is offered at your child's school, or for educators who are interested in starting a Young Athletes program at your school, please contact Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt.

Community Programs

For all participating Young Athletes, please fill out and submit the Young Athlete Individual Registration form.