Young Athletes Program

Celebrate what your child CAN do!
Improve gross motor skills
Develop social and language skills
PLAY with your child

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for athletes ages 2 through 7 and was developed to prepare children for sports by playing games and participating in activities based on a progression of early childhood motor skills.

The Young Athletes Program…

  • Gives families the opportunity to share in the success of their future athlete.
  • Provides an experience that will lead to an appreciation of fitness and sport for the whole family.
  • Offers an inclusive program that promotes social development.
  • Enables families to learn about the potential of their child through sport.

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How can I get the Young Athletes Program for my home and register my child?
To get started playing together at home, visit the Young Athletes At Home page.

How can I attend a Young Athletes Program in my community?
Special Olympics New Jersey conducts Young Athletes Program group activities throughout the state and at state competitions. For more information about community programs, visit the Community Young Athletes Programs page.

How can my school become involved with Special Olympics and Young Athletes Program?
Early Childhood Educators and Physical Education teachers can receive resources to make Young Athletes accessible to all students and create climates of inclusion and acceptance throughout their school and communities. To find out more about bringing Young Athletes and Special Olympics New Jersey school-based programming to your school, visit the Young Athletes In School page.

Beyond Young Athletes Program
For athletes who have just about mastered the basics of the Young Athletes Program and are 6 years or older, Special Olympics New Jersey offers Developmental Sports Skills programs. Get more information on the Developmental Sports page.