Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without Intellectual Disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills and Inclusive Play opportunities help children in family, community and school activities.
Young Athletes can be part of an Early Child Development Program that can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning in an Inclusive Society.
- To prepare basic skills development for pre-school children using the Young Athletes Programme as a tool.
- To promote life skills and social adaptation skills for children
- To build capacity of families in developing learning abilities, skills and health care for their young children.
- To empower educators and volunteers to become Young Athletes Coaches
- To engage kindergarten, schools, public health agencies, local authorities and communities in promoting early childhood development