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Starting Young Athletes early can set children up for success and lead to other opportunities to participate in all other sports and group activities in the future. Future Champions plans take those some basic sports skills and make them more developmentally appropriate to even the youngest athlete.

Resources

Weekly Resource Guides

Our Young Athletes Future Program is the perfect sport and play program to participate in the comfort of your own home. Use the lesson plans found here to be guided through six weeks of activities promoting gross motor skill development. This is the perfect program for the entire family to get moving and grooving together!

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 1 – Balance

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 1 A great way to start Young...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 2 – Hop and Jump

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 2 Here at Special Olympics Maryland, we...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 3 – Everyday Obstacles

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 3 The Young Athletes Program is all...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 4 – Toss and Throw

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 4 Did you know a simple game...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 5 – Toss with Direction

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 5 Throwing is considered one of the most important manipulative...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 6 – Catching

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 6 Catching a ball allows children to...

Additional Resources

Future Champion Assessment Tool

An assessment tool has been developed to monitor the impact of the Young Athletes Future Champions Program. After introducing a new skill, the evaluator will demonstrate the skill to the student. Each student will have two trials to attempt the skill. The evaluator will indicate the proper score based on the student’s performance.

Special Olympics Maryland and the Young Athletes Program are unequivocally committed to supporting our Future Champions, our educators, our communities, and our families during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to youngathletes@somd.org.