Virtual Youth Programs
Special Olympics BC's youth programs Active Start (ages 2 to 6) and FUNdamentals (ages 7 to 11) offer valuable sport and social opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities. A virtual version of these popular programs is now available!
From the safety of their own home, participants can have fun connecting with fellow families and with trained program leaders who will teach basic sport skills through engaging activities.
SOBC youth programs offer participants regular, high-quality physical activity as well as the development of self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Joining the SOBC family expands social and support networks for athletes and families alike!
Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford, Richmond, and Vancouver will be the first communities to start SOBC Virtual Youth Programs. SOBC – Vancouver is currently welcoming participant registration from across the province for their virtual Active Start program, which will run on Saturdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. If you would like to register for the Vancouver program, please contact Mary Nicell-Farrell by email or by phone at 778-839-1094. Once more in-person programs are available, participants will be able to return to their own home Local's program!
Any SOBC Local with a youth program volunteer can run a virtual program.
If you would like to volunteer or participate in a virtual youth program, please contact Helen Cheung, SOBC Sport Manager, by email or by phone at 604-737-3055.
More at-home activities
Families, schools, and supporters can use the below resources to keep the fun activities going at home!
- SOBC Sport Start soccer at-home training videos by SOBC – Vancouver coaches Krysten and Daniel! (Sport Start is targeted for ages 12 to 18)
- Special Olympics Canada Active Start At-Home Guide
- Special Olympics Canada FUNdamentals At-Home Guide
- Special Olympics International Family Flash Cards. Fun and engaging flashcards featuring each of the individual activities and at-home equipment modifications for families to use at home to run Young Athletes.
- Special Olympics International Young Athletes Healthy Play At Home. Guide for families and caregivers on how to run Young Athletes activities at home.
- Special Olympics International Healthy Play at Home Poster. Poster for families to track the various healthy behaviors they do at home.
- Special Olympics New Jersey Young Athletes At Home playlist
- Special Olympics New York Young Athletes At Home playlist
- More resources from Special Olympics International
Watch Special Olympics International's videos demonstrating the individual activities in Young Athletes programs:
- Foundational skills
- Walking and running
- Balance and jumping
- Trapping and catching
- Advanced sports skills
Nutrition and more
A family's experience
See why Levi and his family love Special Olympics:
SOBC Sport Manager