Saturday, February 9, 2013

Special Olympics Young Athletes Fun

Today Riley and I went to our local Special Olympics Young Athletes program. 

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.

Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun!

Our group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month and the kids have a lot of fun. Our schedule has let us go more often lately and its always fun to see our friends and catch up.    

A fast version of Head Shoulders Knees and Toes gets the blood pumping so the kids are ready to play. 

Followed up with some parachute fun.  The kids all think its hysterical when the parents hold the parachute and the kids sit under it.  We all fall down is a lot more fun when you get to be hidden under the parachute. 

Sitting in line for the obstacle course with his buddy Beau. 

Coach Marie giving Riley directions

Some times waiting in that line is such hard work a kid just has to take a break.

Riley is quick to cheer for himself when he kicks a goal!

Throwing the ball through the hoop.  He makes it!

The new camera doesn't make me a good photographer. 

A crowd favorite is ribbons and snacks at the end! 

Riley's speech therapist Marie and her sister Liz but a lot of time and effort into making the program a success for the kids.  I'm now that our friends know how much fun we have lots of you will be coming to join us.  

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