Young Athletes (YA) Program
Young Athletes is a sports play program designed to introduce children ages two to seven to the world of physical activity. Children with and without intellectual disabilities participate together, prior to and regardless of Special Olympics eligibility at age eight.
Young Athletes introduces basic sports skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. This program offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
YAP was developed in direct response to requests from families wanting to engage their young children in physical fitness. The program is solely based on participation; there is no competitive competition, we do offer Young Athlete Sports Day through a culminating event .
The skills these children learn will improve all areas of their lives, including participating in future sports competitions. Participation in Young Athletes is the first step with creating a Unified or Inclusion based program supported by the Unified Champion Schools opportunities presented within all grade levels of Education.
Students will work on skills as part of their school day. These skills may be in line with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. One to two times a year there will be a culminating day called the Future Stars Sports Day, during which all students will demonstrate their skills they have learned for family and friends. For more information, please download our Lesson Plan Guide below.
Children will learn these skills through a series of activities like bunny hop, obstacle course and bean bag throw.
This guide was written to help you step into the new world you will be experiencing. This takes time and hopefully this guide will be useful along your new path. You will receive information about:
To learn more, email UCSinfo@sotx.org.
Additionally, you can contact your area office for more information.