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It’s never too early to learn inclusion!

What better way to bring your special needs students and your traditional students together to learn skills that will go into their eventual sports participation? Whether as a Special Olympics athlete or Unified partner, Young Athletes helps prepare children for the next step they take in their sports participation.

Curriculum focuses include:

  • Foundational skills
  • Balance & jumping
  • Walking & running
  • Throwing
  • Striking
  • Kicking
  • Trapping & catching
  • Advanced skills

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start this program at my school?
Fit this program into school day activities or after-school programming by using our easy to follow, weekly curriculum.

How much will it cost our school?
The Young Athletes program is completely free of charge. You simply need a place to run the program (gym, large classroom, outdoor field, etc.) and a staff member passionate about sports and inclusion to serve as a coach!

What supplies should we use?
A kit full of fun sports equipment, training materials and coach and student T-shirts are all provided by Special Olympics Minnesota.

What’s the benefit to our school and our students?
Building a school community of acceptance that’s welcoming for people of all abilities improves the life and experience of all students. This program helps unite students with and without disabilities as they find a common ground in the joy of sports and play.


Laura Brunner | School Programs Associate
[email protected] | 763.270.7174