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Age Range

  • K - 2nd
  • 3rd - 5th
  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

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Special Olympics Young Athletes is an inclusive sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport and motor skills, like running, jumping, balancing, kicking, throwing and locomotor movements. 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.  When a child becomes comfortable with the Level 1 Young Athletes activities introduced, they can then transition to participate with a Level 2 program. Level 2 classes focus on individual sport skill development and early game play concepts. This is a nice bridge program for children who may not necessarily be ready for Special Olympics team sports, but still need gradual introduction to the world of sports. A variety of sports can be covered during a Level 2 program such as track & field, soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, floorball and flag football. Children ages 6-12 with and without intellectual disabilities are eligible to participate.

What's Needed To Complete

Please first complete the online volunteer registration form at the link here: Next, complete and submit a A volunteer form to Special Olympics MA via email, mail or fax. Email: Mail: 512 Forest St, Marlboro, MA 01752 Fax: 508-481-0786

Special Requirements

Must be ages 14 or older. Experience working with children with intellectual disabilities preferred but not required. Willing to drive up to 30 minutes, one day a week, for a 6-8 week time frame (varies by program site).

How It Makes A Difference

Through Young Athletes, children learn how to play with others, learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills will help children in family, community and school activities.

Where to Serve

In-Person/On Site


Complete and submit a - -Class A volunteer form to Special Olympics MA via email, mail or fax. Email: Mail: 512 Forest St, Marlboro, MA 01752 Fax: 508-481-0786 For more information, contact Eric at

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