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 each year throughout the state in the following cities:
- Cedar Falls
- Cedar Rapids
- Central Lee
- Council Bluffs
- Des Moines
- Sioux City
- West Des Moines
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.
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.
For more information on Young Athletes Play Days or to start a Play Day in your area, contact:
Wendy Olinger, Director of Athlete Initiatives