Young Athletes

Typical Special Olympics Programming is for individuals eight years old and older.  Don’t worry if your child is younger than eight, we have something for you too!

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages two to seven years old.  The Young Athletes program introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

Children of all abilities take part, and they all benefit.

Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills help children in family, community and school activities.

Young Athletes is a fun way for children to get fit. It is important to teach children healthy habits while they are young. This can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning.

Head Coach: Carly Crago


  • Spring/Summer:  Track and Field

  • Fall:  Soccer

  • Winter:  Basketball

Where: Various locations in Gahanna

Download the Young Athlete Registration Form. Please email a copy of this form to  Young athletes may not participate until a copy of this form is received.