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. There is no better way to introduce children to the Special Olympics community than through 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.

Register & submit your Young Athletes application

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

Current & upcoming Young Athlete sessions

LIFE Mower County Young Athletes

January 4 & 18
February 1 & 15
March 1 & 15
5:30-6:15 PM

LIFE Mower County
401 2nd Ave NE
Austin, MN 55912
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Register with LIFE Mower County

Itasca Ironsides Young Athletes

Tuesdays, January 17-March 7
5:30-6:30 PM

West Rapids Elementary School
901 SW 22nd Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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Register for Itasca Ironsides Young Athletes

Macalester Young Athletes

Sundays, January 22-March 5
10-11 AM

Leonard Center Fieldhouse
125 Snelling Ave S
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Register for Macalester Young Athletes

Lakeville Young Athletes

Tuesdays, February 7-March 28
4:45-5:30 PM

Community Learning Center
17685 Juniper Path
Lakeville, MN 55044
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Register with Lakeville Community Ed

Minnetonka Community Education Young Athletes

Thursdays, March 9-April 20
5:30-6:15 PM
No session April 6

Minnetonka Community Education Center
4584 Vine Hill Rd
Minnetrista, MN 55331
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Register with Minnetonka Community Ed

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 Athletes sessions across Minnesota. 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.

If you are interested, please contact Lindsey Swanson at [email protected] for more information about opportunities in your area!