Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages 2-7 years old with and without intellectual disabilities to the world of sports. We believe there is no better way to bring these young athletes into the Special Olympics family than through a program like Young Athletes—fostering inclusion in a fun and engaging setting for all.

If you’d like to join a Young Athletes program near you, please fill out the Young Athletes Application and select your local program.

Questions? Contact Health Programs Coordinator Lindsey Swanson at [email protected] or 763.270.7187.

Current Young Athlete Sessions

GiGi’s Playhouse Young Athletes

Mondays, September 19-November 14
5:30-6:15 PM

GiGi’s Playhouse
4740 Park Glen Rd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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Registration now closed.

Lakeville Community Education Young Athletes

Tuesdays, October 18-December 6
4:45-5:30 PM

Community Learning Center
17630 Juniper Path
Lakeville, MN 55044
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Please register via Lakeville Community Education.

If you’re interested in implementing Young Athletes in your child’s preschool classroom, please contact Lindsey Swanson at [email protected].

Young Athletes volunteer opportunities

We’re looking for volunteers to help at Young Athlete sessions across Minnesota. Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Volunteers help lead children through a series of activities and sport-related skills drills approximately once a week for 6-8 weeks. Training and equipment provided.

Eden Prairie, Richfield & Maple Grove Area: We’re looking for volunteers this fall/winter on weekday evenings. If you’re interested, please contact Lindsey Swanson at [email protected].