Special Olympics Florida

Collier County


Young Athletes™ is an innovative, inclusive program from Special Olympics that introduces children with intellectual disabilities and their 2 to 7 year old peers without disabilities to the world of movement. Parents and children participate in Young Athletes together.

What Young Athletes Teaches

Young Athletes teaches basic movement skills, such as walking and running, balancing, jumping, galloping, hopping, skipping, dodging, and overall awareness of the body in space. It also teach object control skills, such as throwing, trapping, catching, kicking, and striking with hands or with other objects.

Children learn social skills and families enjoy quality time together, while engaging in fun activities including parachute play and movement to music.

Program Locations and Registration

Young Athletes is currently available on Saturdays in the wrestling room at the Greater Naples YMCA from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.

For more information, email us at info@specialolympicsflorida.org, or call (239) 775-1991.

Young Athletes may also be offered in a variety of other settings, including elementary schools, preschools, daycare centers, playgroups, church groups, camps, gyms and fitness centers, and other recreation programs

Like all other Special Olympics programs, Young Athletes is available free of charge for all participants!