FUNdamentals, along with Active Start, is one of two initiatives developed by Special Olympics Canada for young athletes. FUNdamentals is a continuation of the Active Start program for athletes with an intellectual disability ages 7-12. This program transitions from basic movement skills to basic sport and physical literacy skills while maintaining an atmosphere of fun and meaningful interaction. This program also promotes specific sport education, proper nutrition, and social inclusion through participation in positive sport environment. The skills learned in this program provide support for everyday activities as well as a base for Special Olympics sports training and competition as athletes grow older.
FUNdamentals focuses on developing basic sport skills while creating a level of enjoyment for physical activity in young athletes. Through these ideals, we hope that this will encourage athletes to live a healthy, active life through sport. FUNdamentals uses activity sessions that look at specific sport skills such as, kicking, throwing and catching which can be transferred into a number of various sports and can be used in everyday tasks.