The Young Athletes Program introduces children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2–7 (Pre-K to 2nd grade) to the world of sports through fun activities that support cognitive, social, and motor skill development (walking on a floor-level balance beam, jumping on targets),as well as encourage the development of age appropriate sports skills.

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Young Athletes Resources 

Young Athletes in Motion Music Video - Special Olympics and Hip Hop Public Health have created a new song and music video to encourage Young Athletes families to stay physically active and healthy through dance

Young Athletes in a Virtual Setting - A printable, one sheet document highlighting resources and opportunities to assist educators in running a Young Athletes Program while participating in distance learning. 

Young Athletes at Home - A one-stop shop for all Young Athletes Resources available in six different languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) 

Young Athletes Family Flashcards - Fun and engaging flashcards featuring individual activities and at home equipment modifications for families to use at home. 

Young Athletes Videos - Follow along with Special Olympics coaches as they teach basic sport skills- throwing, catching, jumping, and more! 

Unified Young Reader’s Club - Complement your Young Athletes play with story time. Check out this list of inclusive books and accompanying activities. 


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




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


Check out our Unified Champion Schools Programs list to find a school based program near you.