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
4740 Park Glen Rd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Registration now closed.
Lakeville Community Education Young Athletes
Tuesdays, October 18-December 6
Community Learning Center
17630 Juniper Path
Lakeville, MN 55044
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.