Special Olympics Young Athletes™
is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and
physical growth. Children ages 2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun. These building blocks result in notable improvements in a child’s motor skills, cognitive development, social skills, emotional development and communication skills.
Healthy Young Athletes
Special Olympics has introduced another element of Young Athletes, Healthy Young Athletes, to provide healthcare services and support, early childhood intervention, and preventive education to children with ID aged
2-7. Special Olympics Arkansas currently offers Live Healthy Education Fairs in conjunction with inclusive Young Athletes field days across the state. Education topics include: Nutrition, Hand washing, Sun Safety, Dental, Hydration, Bone Health, and active lifestyle.
Special Olympics Junior Athletes
Special Olympics Junior Athletes will follow the Young Athletes model with an emphasis on developmental play in a fun and supportive environment. The program will fill the gap between the individual skills that are developed in Young Athletes (like running and kicking) and the ability to put those skills together for competitive play.
For more information on our Young Athletes program please contact Jennifer Grantham (501) 771-0222
“The Young Athletes Curriculum has provided an energetic boost to our summer programming at Ascent. The eight-week program has provided our families with the incentive and excitement necessary for their child’s ongoing development. Our children enjoy the curriculum and we use it to help each child on his/her individual journey to success. We are excited to host our Field Days and celebrate the eight weeks of dedication our children have completed!”
Director of Marketing & Admissions
Ascent Children’s Health Services
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