Young Athletes Resources

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), 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.

The Young Athletes Resource Toolkit provides information and resources for individuals who are looking to become more involved with Young Athletes.

Young Athletes can be run in schools, communities and homes.  
Young Athletes is for children two to seven years old.  
Young Athletes is inclusive.  

Introduction to Young Athletes

Basic facts and information about Special Olympics Young Athletes.

Enhancing Program Quality

Resources to Support Implementation

Tools and resources for Special Olympics Program staff.

Non-English Young Athletes Resources

Young Athletes Activity Videos

Video clips demonstrating the individual skills included in Young Athletes.

Young Athletes Curriculum

The Young Athletes Curriculum builds on the Young Athletes Activity Guide, providing scripted Lesson Plans to use over an 8 week period.

Supplemental Resource for Implementers

Tools and resources for coaches, teachers and families supporting Young Athletes.