Through the Young Athletes program children between the ages of 2–7 are introduced to the world of sport, with the goal of preparing them for Special Olympics training and competition when they get older.

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Comprehensive Young Athletes Activity Guide:  English (PDF)  |  Spanish (PDF)


Young Athletes development

Development of motor skills and eye-hand coordination at the athletes’ skill and ability level

YAP Friendship

Inclusive interactions that leads to friendships based on respect and acceptance

Young Athletes network

Provides families a vehicle to empower one another to see their children’s potential




Please check out Our Unified Champion Schools Programs list to find a school based program near you.



If you are interested in our Young Athletes™ community program please contact: