This session will educate you on how to run a successful and fun Young Athletes site for your students. Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children ages 2 - 10 years old with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, throwing and catching. This fun and inclusive program offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children and abilities. Young Athletes welcomes children and their families into the world of Special Olympics. Here are some of the goals and benefits of this program:
Let children with and without intellectual disabilities play together to learn about and understand one another. Support social inclusion and inclusive play in schools, communities and homes. Provide children with activities and games that meet their skill and ability levels. Show that all children should be valued for their talents and abilities. Promote fitness and teach children about having a healthy lifestyle.
Presented by Jenna Lang & Brandi Niemeier, WI Special Olympics