Young Athletes™ (YA) serves 76,000 children nationally between the ages of 2 to 7 years old. It helps develop motor, social and cognitive skills with the help of active games, songs, an obstacle course and other activities. Along with the benefits to mental and physical growth, YA strengthens social and emotional development and provides a boost in family support.
The eight-week program provides a set of lessons through games and activities that focus on developing fitness, strength, body awareness, spatial concepts, adaptive skills (following directions, imitating motor movements), hand-eye coordination and visual tracking skills. In the process, the children become familiar with the Young Athletes equipment and routines. By the end of the program, the lessons provide athletes the chance to apply the skills developed to sports games.
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Walking & Running
Jumping & Balancing
Trapping & Catching
Review of Skills as Sports
For more information, please contact Maurisabel Quevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562.502.1158.
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