Young Athletes Play Days

play-day-balance-beamEvery child wants the chance to kick a ball, to throw it well and to share that success with family members. Every child with intellectual disabilities wants the exact same thing.

Young Athletes Play Days are designed to provide play activities and socialization opportunities for children with and without 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 11 different activities, representing 11 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 throughout the state in the following cities:

  • Ankeny
  • Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Central Lee
  • Council Bluffs
  • Davenport
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Muscatine
  • Oskaloosa
  • Sioux City
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Des Moines


Young Athletes Family Flashcards

Do you have a young athlete that you are introducing sport skills to? The Young Athletes Family Flashcards are a great resource that guides you through building healthy habits and key skills through play.

Young Athletes Family Flashcards

For more information on Young Athletes Play Days or to start a Play Day in your area, contact:
Krista Smith, Unified Programs Coordinator