Young Athletes Play Days are designed to provide play activities and socialization opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities between the ages of two and seven. Play Days were created to serve children too young to participate in formal Special Olympics events (athletes can begin competing at age eight).
An Introduction to Special Olympics
Young Athletes Play Days are a wonderful introduction to Special Olympics. Children participate in 10 different activities, representing 10 different sports offered by Special Olympics. The program helps increase the young children’s strength and coordination for sports while introducing them to group play, cooperation and awareness of rules.
Young Athletes Play Days are held each year throughout the state in the following cities:
- Cedar Falls
- Cedar Rapids
- Council Bluffs
- Des Moines
- Sioux City
Teachers are encouraged to register their entire classroom to attend a Play Day. Mainstream and special education students are welcome to attend. If a child is in your classroom who is older than eight, they are also welcome to attend. Children can also register individually.
For more information on Young Athletes Play Days or to start a Play Day in your area, contact:
Wendy Olinger, Director of Athlete Initiatives
|Event Date||Event||Entries due by||Event Location|
|Feb 8, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM||Oskaloosa Young Athletes Play Day||Penn Athletic Center, William Penn College|
|Feb 20 (all day)||West Des Moines Young Athlete Play Day||Valley Community Center, West Des Moines|
|Apr 12, 9:00 AM||Ankeny Young Athlete Play Day||Ankeny Centennial High School, 2200 NW State St, Ankeny|
|Apr 19, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM||Cedar Rapids Young Athlete Play Day||Helen Nassif YMCA, Cedar Rapids|
|Apr 27, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM||River Hills Young Athlete Play Day||River Hills School, Cedar Falls|
|Jul 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM||River Hills Young Athlete Play Day||River Hills School, Cedar Falls|