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Young Athletes Program

Children age two through seven

Young Athletes The Young Athletes™ program (YAP) is a sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2-7, designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility for competition at age eight.
The program is designed to address two specific levels of play:
  • Level 1 includes physical activities that focus on developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Level 2 concentrates on the application of these physical skills through sports skills programs.
Overall, the program activities are designed to help children with disabilities improve physically, cognitively and socially. Young Athletes is also fun and appropriate for children without disabilities. Many Young Athletes programs serve as an opportunity for children with and without to play and interact together.
The Young Athletes program in New Hampshire is a great introduction for athletes and their parents to Special Olympics, and while athletes are the primary focus and beneficiary of the program, benefits extend to family members in many ways such as, a social network with other parents and improved connection with their athlete, among other benefits.
For more information or to find a YAP site near you, please contact:
Chelsea Gill
Director of Programs
(603) 624-1250 x42 (office)
(603) 790-0060 (cell)


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