Special Olympics Young Athletes Program-Building Future Olympians
Our mission at Strider is to build bikes that develop balance, coordination, and confidence in children. Having a primary focus on active toddlers, we are naturally inspired by others with the same goals!
People with intellectual disabilities can begin training and competing in Special Olympics at the age of 8. In 2005 Special Olympics decided to add a program that prepares children with intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7, for future participation in Special Olympics. The creation of the Young Athletes Program added a motor and social skills development element to Special Olympics that is benefiting tens of thousands of youngsters and growing quickly!
Recently a study showed that participants in the Young Athletes Program are exhibiting significant gains in developmental motor skills and gross motor skills! That is a tremendous accomplishment. Aside from these scientific measurements, proud parents are talking about how much confidence their children gained from participation in the game and activity based program and were excited for the positive social interactions they had with their typical peers!
From one company focused on healthy and active toddlers to another….kudos to the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for making such a big difference in the lives of kids and preparing them for a more healthy future!
Learn more about the Young Athletes Program and make sure to look for the STRIDER Adventure Zone at the 2014 Special Olympics: USA Games New Jersey in June!