Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community 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.

And a special guest will be making an appearance the last day of the class!

The Young Athletes program is also looking for volunteers! Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. No experience is necessary! Anybody wanting to come and have fun with kids is more than welcome to join! Please e-mail or call Nicole Dexter at n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov or 802-362-1439 for more information.