Special Olympics Young Athletes Program to start at Crossroads!

October 04, 2019

10.4.19 Well organized storage!

We’re finally organized in the gym. Many thanks to everyone who has helped with setting up. Looking good!

9.27.19 Ready for ACTION!

We have been super busy here getting ready to start our Special Olympics Young Athletes program! We’ve been putting together cabinets, organizing the materials, and wow are the kids excited to get going! And today, Ms. Melissa, Room 3’s Special Education teacher brought in THIS!
THIS is a unique, hand made BALL HOLDER! THIS innovation will help teachers to easily find the exact ball that they want for their activity, and facilitate a quick and simple cleanup process for the students at the end of their gym slot.  Melissa designed it and built it herself! 

Additionally, some of the classrooms are already done with their assessments for Special Olympics. Each class has a skill set to measure, so we’ll be able to measure growth later in the year. When we share our data with Special Olympics, they will be able to see how well the curriculum is working. Our parents will also be able to see the gains that our students make by using the Special Olympics program. 

Look soon for pictures of the classrooms engaging in the activities, too! 

Go here for Young Athletes activities.

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8.27.19 Guess what came in today? 

It’s really exciting when a delivery comes for you, and we have just gotten a BIG delivery of the materials for our Special Olympics Young Athletes program

It’s still in boxes, until the cabinet comes for proper storage. We’ll have everything set up in the gym and teachers will have what they need to implement an awesome new Physical Education curriculum here. Read below to learn more about the Young Athletes program at Crossroads! 

Stay tuned for how it’s going!


8.1.19  Being an athlete has never been more exciting!

We’re happy to announce that we are partnering with Special Olympics for the 2019-20 school year!

After several months of meeting, planning and training, we will be ready in September to implement the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program at Crossroads.

Why we chose to implement this opportunity:

  • The curriculum aligns well with Crossroad’s mission of preparing students for success in their lives, and gives staff wonderful, adapted PE materials and activities to do with students.
  • It ties in with our mission of helping kids be successful – and fit and healthy – in life.
  • This partnership with S.O. will benefit our students and families now and in the future, giving them an important connection and resource as they transition away from Crossroads.
  • The curriculum is full of great adapted sports and physical activities, and following it will give teachers a plan for gym that is researched and easy to implement. Activities can be picked and chosen, shortened and lengthened, and they are created with kids like ours in mind.
  • Partnerships with other respected organizations increases our credibility and public perception as an organization and school.
  • When we complete the training portion, we will be able to get the full kit of materials to use for PE/gym classes, and next spring, we will also get tee-shirts for our students to wear for a culminating activity.
  • The training provides valuable preparation for leading physical education activities with our students.
  • Extensive research showing benefits to children who participate, to families and to peers.
  • It is cost-free for us!

We are thankful to Ryan Miller at Special Olympics New York for his patience and help throughout this process! 

Please come back! We’ll update this post to share how it’s going!
Progress towards goals is because of ABAAnnual Campaign for Crossroads Center for Children