Unified Juniors

This will be LEEP’s third session of the Unified Juniors program through Special Olympics MN.   Unified Juniors is an extension of the Special Olympics Minnesota Young Athletes program that focuses on a variety of sports specific skills that children can use in future sports team participation. Unified Juniors is for children ages 8-12 years old with and without intellectual disabilities.   We are Unified!

Children can attend this program if there is not a Special Olympics team in their area or they can join Unified Juniors in conjunction with a team.  This 8 week program will focus on a different sport each week.  Unified Juniors is meant to introduce children to the world of competitive sports in a gradual, fun and non-intimidating manner.  Participants will gain knowledge of Special Olympics sports as well as the “Play Unified” movement.

 Unified Juniors will focus on the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field),  Aquatics, Basketball, Flag Football, Poly Hockey,  Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

Informational Hand-Outs

Participation Requirements

After an athlete has registered for participation with LEEP's delegation, they must follow these steps for participation.

  1. Participant Information Form
  2. Special Olympics Unifed Juniors Application
  3. Sports Fee Paid

All athletes must have a LEEP Registration Form and Special Olympic Form on file at LEEP to participate.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to practice?
  • For the safety of all, athletes should wear appropriate active wear to practice with tennis/gym shoes that lace up. Please be ready to being at your designated practice time. 
     
Where is practice held?
  • Practice will always be held at Erlandson Park or Franklin Elementary.  Location is specified on the Welcome Letter.  TBD locations will be announced as the sessions progress.
     
How will I know if practice is cancelled?
  • A message will be left on LEEP's Cancellation Line at 507-387-9996 announcing any changes or cancellations. Please confirm practices/tournaments before arriving to the facility. All cancellation decisions will be made by 3 pm on the day of practice. If ISD77 Public School activities are cancelled due to weather, ALL LEEP practices are also automatically cancelled.


​What if I am unable to afford participation fees?

LEEP does have some scholarship funds available. These funds are available to any current LEEP Member that may be  having financial difficulties. Athletes must apply to recieve these funds, please contact  LEEP's Athletics Coordinator at 507-387-5122 wth quesitons. 
 

Other

  • Tobacco products are prohibited by Special Olympics and there is absolutely no smoking on school grounds.  If you do feel the need to use these products, please do so before you arrive or after you leave the facility.  
     
  • LEEP is not responsible for supervision of participants before or after designated practice times so it is important that your transportation rides are on time. Thank you!

If you have any questions please contact the LEEP Office 507-387-5122 or
by email at athletics@mankatoleep.org