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A Head Start
Special Olympics Maryland Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
Children of all abilities take part, and they all benefit.
Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills help children in family, community and school activities.
Young Athletes is a fun way for children to get fit. It is important to teach children healthy habits while they are young. This can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning. The Young Athletes Program serves as an introduction to the world of Special Olympics while providing support and resources available within Special Olympics Maryland.
The Young Athletes Resource Toolkit provides information and resources for individuals who are looking to become more involved with the Young Athletes Program.
Introduction to Young Athletes
Basic facts and information about Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
Young Athletes Activity Guide
The Young Athletes Activity Guide includes activities to run Young athletes in schools, communities, and homes.
Young Athletes Activity Videos
Video clips demonstrating the individual skills included in Young Athletes.
Young Athletes Curriculum
Tools and Resources for Implementers
Tools and resources for coaches and families supporting Young Athletes:
Resources for Community Programs:
Resources for Families
Live Links to Participating County Websites:
Young Athletes is a win-win program for everyone – building stronger bodies, stronger citizens, stronger families, and ultimately a stronger community.
For more information about Young Athletes and how to find a program near you, contact Mackenzie Irvin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-242-1515.