Athletes may begin training as early as six years old, but must be eight years old to compete. Athletes must be 12 years old to attend statewide competitions. The Young Athletes™ Program (YAP), which launched in 2005, is for children ages two through seven. Children can participate as an “Athlete in Training” in areas where the program is available.
The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is for athletes who cannot compete in official Special Olympics sports because they cannot physically perform movements or cannot follow the rules due to cognitive or behavioral limitations. The focus of MATP is on training and participation, rather than competition. For this reason, there are no official rules for competition. Emphasis is placed on achieving personal bests, and it allows for adapted equipment and physical assistance.
After graduation from high school, young adults can be linked to an adult team without interruption in their sports training and competition.
2708-D E Griffin Parkway
Mission, 78572, TX
Building Name or Description: Area 1 Office
Accessible Location: No
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Spanish Services Offered?||Yes|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||3 - 5, 6 - 11, 12 - 14, 15 - 21, 22 and up|
|Disability Categories||Developmental Disability, Genetic Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Medical Condition, Mental Health Disorder, Physical Disability|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||Yes|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses|
|Is this a statewide service?||No|
|Contact Name||Lauro Garza|