About the Program
What does every child want? The chance to kick a ball, to throw it well, to share that success with family members.

What does every child with intellectual disabilities want? The exact same thing.

Every day we work side-by-side to offer a variety of ways for everyone, regardless of ability/disability to learn, grow and to thrive in our programs, our community, and in life. 

Special Olympics 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, and caregivers 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. 

Young Athletes is easy to do and fun for all, and FREE. Through Young Athletes, all children, their families and people in the community can be a part of an inclusive team.

For more information about Young Athletes, contact our Director of Operations, Jason Batacan-Wilson, at operations@palouseymca.org.

How to Register
Information and resources to register can be found below.


Young Athletes Registration Form

Young Athletes FAQs
Young Athletes Info Sheet

Participation Information