YOUNG ATHLETE PROGRAM

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In 2014, Special Olympics Wyoming received a grant from the Mattel Children's Foundation to support the Young Athletes Program. This support allowed us to distribute over 50 equipment kits to families and schools from April to December! We were also able to purchase STRIDER bikes to incorporate cycling into the curriculum. We are thrilled for the growth in our program and we encourage you to join in the fun!

In 2014, Special Olympics Wyoming also received a grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to add tennis skills to the Young Athletes Program! We are appreciative of the support from the USTA and look forward to seeing our Young Athletes develop tennis skills!

 

Introduction to Young Athletes Program


What does every child want? The chance to kick a ball, to throw it well, to share that success with family members. What does every child with an intellectual disability want? The exact same thing.

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.

 



Children enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured 8-week Young Athletes program showed significantly more motor development than those who did not participate. Not only that, but their teachers and parents also reported improved confidence, language skills and social skills. After participating, involved families reported that they played more together at home and in the community.

Young Athletes is easy to get started, fun for all, and a great way to boost confidence and expectations. It can be offered at home, in schools, or in the community using Special Olympics resources, and simple sports equipment. Like all our programs, Young Athletes raises awareness and promotes inclusion and acceptance.

 

For more information on how to get involved, volunteer, or support this program, email Leeanne Jones, Director of Youth and School Initiatives at youth@specialolympicswy.org, or call her at 307-235-3062.

 


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