Special Olympics Young Athletes

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 Rachel Hamm Vaughan.

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

Community Programs

For all participating Young Athletes, please fill out and submit the Young Athlete Individual Registration form, link below. Forms can be submitted via:

  • Email: rhamm@vtso.org 
  • Snail mail: 16 Gregory Dr. Suite 2 South Burlington, VT 05403
  • Fax (802) 863-3911, Attn: Rachel Hamm Vaughan

School Programs

Young Athletes programs are offered at elementary schools throughout the state. For parents who are interested in learning whether a Young Athletes program is offered at your child's school, or for educators who are interested in starting a Young Athletes program at your school, please contact Rachel Hamm Vaughan.


Additional resources for families

Guide for Families of Young Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Learn more about becoming an athlete or partner, and find information and forms for current athletes.

See the sports offered through Special Olympics Vermont programs.

Training and competition opportunities are offered through local school and community programs. Find a program in your town.

Upcoming Young Athlete Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.