Elementary School Programs
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Thank you for taking the time to visit our Special Olympics Ontario Elementary School Programs website. For those that have participated in the past, your ongoing support of our multiple program options is greatly appreciated. School Programs began at Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) when it became evident that students with an Intellectual Disability were not always given access to the same opportunities for structured physical activity as their mainstream student peers. Over the past fifteen years, SOO has aimed to provide students and educators with an array of resources, fun school days and multiple competition opportunities. Our programs now focus on students aged 2 through 21 with options varying from learning basic movement skills to competition at a Provincial level.

This growth has never been more evident than with what is being offered throughout Ontario during this school year. Now Elementary School Educators will have the opportunity to incorporate Special Olympics lesson plans and programs into their own classroom, as well as multiple ‘fun day’ options to attend as a class/school team. The mandate of our programs is to provide resources and opportunities for all students with an Intellectual Disability. In an effort to make this financially feasible and inclusive for everyone, the majority of the programs offered are free of charge for participants.

This year we are choosing to highlight the School Programs mentioned below that are being offered to Elementary School students and teachers. Should you be interested in a program not mentioned please feel free to contact us. We will be more than happy to work alongside you and provide any type of support that we can.

Have a great school year!


Active Start

Active Start provides free training, information and educational opportunities for children ages 2-6 with an intellectual disability and their families, many of whom do not have other avenues for physical fitness. With the help of Active Start, you as an educator can provide this support within your classroom.

Active Start Programing focuses on foundational skills which students can build upon to participate in other Special Olympics programs such as FUNdamentals, Youth Multi-Sport and Four Corners (high school level). It will also give students the introduction to the Special Olympics Organization and opportunities therein for children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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FUNdamentals

FUNdamentals is a program targeted at students ages 6-10 focusing on foundational skill sets of sport and daily activity. This free curriculum builds upon the Active Start program and is integral for children with intellectual disabilities to build the necessary skills to take part in any number of sports later in life. With the help of FUNdamentals, you as an educator can provide this support within your classroom.

FUNdamentals programing focuses on foundational skills which students can build upon to participate in other Special Olympics Programs like Youth Multi-Sport and Four Corners to compete provincially in the sport of their choice. It will also give students an introduction to the Special Olympics Organization and opportunities therein for children and youth with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Youth Multi-Sport

Youth Multi Sport (YMS) is a free program targeted at students ages 11-14+ that builds upon the FUNdamentals of sport. YMS combines the fundamental physicality built from Active Start and FUNdamentals into sporting games. Students who are particularly interested in the competition aspect of sport can also join Special Olympics Four Corners Program at the high school level to stay active and build a larger community within Special Olympics.

The new Youth Multi-Sport Guide is available free of charge for any educators interested in implementing the teaching plans in their classroom as a physical education component. The guide focuses on four sports: bocce, basketball, soccer, and track & field. Each sport is broken down into 9-12 weeks of lesson plans working from an introduction to each sport to a complete game setting. Additional to each sport, the guide also highlights information on stretching, nutrition and other SOO programs.

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Step Into Action

SIA is a program designed by PAHL to engage students with an Intellectual Disability to get active and enhance their physical activity levels by taking the ‘Step’ challenge. The 'Step' component of the program includes any type of activity that can be measured by a pedometer or a period of exercise, including: walking, jogging, running, dancing, or participating in sports.

Beyond the 'Step' component, the program is designed with the intention to educate people with an ID about nutrition and physical fitness, with the ultimate goal of helping them along the path of incorporating an active and healthy lifestyle into their daily lives.

By signing up for Step Into Action online, each registered student and classroom educator will receive a free pedometer to track their steps and a personal online account to set up daily nutritional and physical goals and start getting active and healthy!

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PAHL Sport Festival

The purpose of the PAHL Sports Festival is to engage students from all local school boards; providing each student the free opportunity to participate in a variety of sport stations (i.e., Basketball, Soccer, Bocce, Athletics, and Curling), and benefit from their participation in the Physical Activity Healthy Living and Healthy Athletes stations. Each student attending the PAHL Festival will have an opportunity to try out new activities and learn more about getting involved in SOO Youth programs like Active Start, FUNdamentals, Youth Multi-Sport and Step Into Action.

Contact us to find out if there is a PAHL Sports Festival near you