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Young Athletes Curriculum: Special Olympics

Young boy smiling while holding two safety cones
Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS
January 2022 | Special Olympics
Young boy smiling while holding two safety cones
Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

This set of resources from Special Olympics under the Young Athletes program provides 8 weeks of sport and play curriculum for students ages 2 to 7 with and without intellectual disabilities. The resource states that the curriculum is research-based and designed to develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. The curriculum requires students to participate in three 30-minute sessions each week. Each daily lesson includes an opening sports song, a few 5- to 10-minute activities, and a closing sports song. Students in this program will also become familiar with a wide variety of sports equipment, including balance beams, parachutes, cones, gloves, and balls.

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