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Special Olympics Young Athletes at Kean University

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Kean University's Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), in collaboration with the special education, therapeutic recreation and physical education departments, will host the Special Olympics New Jersey Young Athletes program to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports.

Special Olympics Young Athletes is designed for children ages 2 ½ to 7, and serves as the foundation for play, fun and future participation in the Special Olympics program for people ages 8 and older.

The ultimate goal of the one-day event is to assist the young athletes and their families to navigate eight sports activities targeting specific basic gross motor and visual-perceptual motor skills necessary as a foundation for the child's main occupation—play. Children will learn how to control their movements to participate and play sports, as well as how to follow directions.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 9:45 a.m. to Noon
Harwood Arena, Kean University, Union Campus


  • Foundational skills – body awareness and fitness skills
  • Walking & running – “traveling” movement skills
  • Balance & jumping – stability and mobility skills
  • Trapping & catching – introductory ball skills
  • Throwing – arm/hand and eye coordination skills
  • Striking – upper body strength and visual motor skills
  • Kicking – lower body coordination
  • Free play area – alternate movement opportunities

To register as a participant or volunteer for the Special Olympics Young Athlete Program at Kean University, please click on the appropriate links to the top right of this page.

To receive your FREE home kit from Special Olympics New Jersey Young Athletes at Home that helps to reinforce the skills learned during the program, you must also complete the Young Athletes Registration Form.

For more information about YAP at Kean, please contact Mary Falzarano, OTR, at 908-737-5854 or

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