Friday, March 9, 2012

Special Olympics

The Young Athletes Program (Special Olympics) starts next week.  Finn is going to participate this time around, although he will have to miss the first two weeks.  I'm really excited to start getting involved in the Special Olympics!
The Young Athletes Program is an sports/play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports.  The benefits of this program have been proven - the activities help the children improve physically, cognitively, and socially.  The program raises awareness of the Special Olympics program.
There are two levels of play the program addresses: Level 1 includes physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination.  Level 2 concentrates on the application of these physical activities.  The activities consist of foundation skills, walking & running, balance, jumping, trapping & catching, throwing, striking, kicking, and advanced skills.

I am so excited that Finn is able to participate this time around.  Our county has two sessions - fall and spring at no cost to the families that participate. 

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