The Young Athlete Program was created in consultation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, to meet the physical and developmental needs of children, ages 2 ½ to 7, in the areas of physical activity and play, with an emphasis on sports skill development. The activities presented in the program are designed to develop the fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare athletes for future participation in sports.
The program includes user-friendly instructions and a complete kit of sports activity equipment. The design of this program provides flexibility for the parent, sibling, paraprofessional, teacher, and volunteer to conduct activities. The Young Athlete Program is designed to be used by parents in the home and can be used in a preschool / school environment, playgroup or one-on-one situation.
The Young Athlete Program…
- Offers 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
- Is an inclusive program that promotes social development
- Enables families to learn about the potential of their child through preparation for participation in sport
How can I get the Young Athlete Program for my home?
To register for the Young Athlete Program, download the Individual/Family registration form and mail it back to Special Olympics New Jersey, 3 Princess Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
When and where is the Young Athlete Program offered?
Special Olympics New Jersey conducts Young Athlete Program activities at the Sports Complex in Lawrenceville. The latest schedule is available in the links to the right. We also conduct Young Athlete Program events at each of our state competitions.
Currently, there are programs available in the following towns:
Oxford, Belmar, Lawrenceville, Stockton, Flemington, Cranford, Summit, Mine Hill
Join the Young Athlete Program group on Facebook for the latest info on new locations and events.
If you have questions or would like to create your own group, please contact Special Olympics New Jersey at (609)896-8000