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Wednesday, November 3 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Inclusive Health and Wellness programs

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Special Olympics Arizona introduces two inclusive programs for:
Young Athletes is an all-inclusive sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2-7 years old. Young Athletes welcomes children and their families into the world of Special Olympics through:

Motor skills: Children with intellectual disabilities who took part in Young Athletes developed motor skills more than twice as fast as others who did not take part.
Social, emotional and learning skills: Parents and teachers of children who took part in the Young Athletes curriculum said the children learned skills that they will use in pre-primary school.
Expectations: Family members say that Young Athletes raised their hopes for their child’s future.
Sport readiness: Young Athletes helps children get ready to take part in sports when they are older.
Acceptance: Inclusive play helps children without a disability to better understand and accept others.

SOAZ's Healthy LEAP into Fitness (HLIF) program is modeled to include health education, class activities, and group workouts! The curriculum is designed to be taught in an eight-week format. HLIF focuses on four pillars of health: emotional, nutritional, physical, and social that are each comprised of three lessons. Participating coaches/teachers are given a manual with complete health lessons and tools, and every participant receives a playbook with space to take notes, complete activities, and set personal goals. This program is completely free and can be implemented in person or virtually.

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Shae Knowlton

Unified Champion Schools Sr. Coordinator, Special Olympics Arizona
Shae Knowlton graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors's in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. During this time, she was the assistant to the CEO of Phoenix Sister Cities and, upon graduating was an Ambassador and Assistant Language Teacher in Himeji, Japan for two... Read More →

Gianna Zola

Special Olympics Arizona

Wednesday November 3, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm MST
The Gopher Room (150-152)

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