Special Olympics Young Athletes™ is an innovative sports play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7, and is designed to provide opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics programs. There is no cost for your family to participate in Young Athletes. The program offers one hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks. For more information and to learn about bringing Young Athletes to your town, please contact Caitlin Jenkins.
Who can participate in Young Athletes?
Children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2-7 are encouraged to participate in Young Athletes.
How to enroll in Young Athletes
For athletes (children with intellectual disabilities) please fill out and submit the Athlete Registration form (medical and release form). If an athlete has had a medical examination within the last year, the form can be submitted to a pediatrician to be completed based on the most recent visit. Once received by Special Olympics Vermont, the registration packet only needs to be renewed every three years.
For partners (children without intellectual disabilities) please fill out and submit the Unified Schools Partner Application form. This includes siblings and friends. Once submitted, the partner application form only needs to be renewed every three years.
Additional resources for families
Training and competition opportunities are offered through local school and community programs. Find a program in your town.