CGA’s Young Athletes program is our gymnastics take on the already awesome Special Olympics Young Athletes program. This parent-child interactive program will be open to children ages 3-6 with special needs including developmental and physical disabilities.
We will be combining the nationwide Special Olympics Young Athlete curriculum which is designed to increase gross motor skills with beginner gymnastics curriculum. Children are encouraged to participate and progress at their own ability with the emphasis on overall fitness and coordination. We will cover basic foundational sports skills such as walking, running, throwing, catching, striking, and kicking and gymnastics basics such as hanging, rolling, balancing, swinging, and jumping.
Ages: 3 to 6
Length: 30 minutes
Ratio: 8:1, Parent-Assisted
Special Olympics of Illinois Young Athletes Program
“Special Olympics Illinois has an exciting program for youth called Young Athletes. Basically, the Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children with disabilities, designed to introduce them into the world of sports. This program will prove enormously beneficial on multiple levels for your child. First and foremost, these activities will help the children improve physically, cognitively and socially. It will also serve as an introduction to the world of Special Olympics while showing resources and support available within Special Olympics Illinois.
The Young Athletes program is designed to address various specific levels of play, including physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Higher Levels concentrate on the application of these physical activities through a sports skills activity program and developing skills consistent with Special Olympics sports play and specific Special Olympics traditional sports.”