PROGRAMS

SPECIAL OLYMPICS YOUNG ATHLETES


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.

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


Spring 2019 Upcoming Events & Schedule

• Young Athletes Practices 
Who: Children 2-7, with or without intellectual and/or physical disabilities, and their families! (Whitman and Latah Counties.)

What: Fun and interactive program of activates to aid in the development of gross motor skills. 

When: Saturdays 9am-10am

February 2nd
February 9th
February 17th
March 2nd
March 9th
March 23rd
April 6th
April 13th
April 20th

How: Registration: FREE – Just contact LeAnna Etheridge, Young Athletes Site Coordinator, at 509-332-3524 or youngathletes@palouseymca.org
 
Where: Parks and Recs owned facility: 190 SE Crestview Street, Pullman, WA 
(Second building – white and signs to direct)
 
 
• Young Athletes Day Camp
Who: Children 2-7, with or without intellectual and/or physical disabilities, and their families! (Whitman and Latah Counties.)
What: Two hours a day of fun, games, education and fitness training. 
Our Themes: Elements of Nature (Not in set order)

Elements of Nature:
Earth Day: Gardening, Mission Nutrition, etc. 
Fire Day: Fire Department
Water Day: Sponges, squirt guns, popsicles, etc. 
Air Day: Parachutes, balloons, bubble, etc.

When: 9am – 11am June 17, 18, 19, 20 (M-Th)

How: Registration: $50 per individual for the entire week. Financial assistance is available.
(Please inquire at 509-332-3524 or youngathletes@palouseymca.org)
 
Where: TBD 
 
For more information about Young Athletes, Contact LeAnna Etheridge, Young Athletes Site Coordinator, at 509-332-3524 or youngathletes@palouseymca.org

 



RESOURCES:
Young Athletes Registration Form

Young Athletes FAQs
Young Athletes Info Sheet

Participation Information