Updated: March 27, 2020
Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, and from the Guidance of Special Olympics International (SOI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Special Olympics Michigan has made the decision to extend its postponement of in-person events through May 31, 2020.
This includes all sport, training and competition activities as well as all in-person fundraising events.
Among the state and regional events impacted by this announcement are:
- State Summer Games in Mt. Pleasant
- State Basketball Finals in Grand Rapids
- Regional Spring Games events
- Regional Gymnastics events
- Champions Together Breakfast in Detroit: rescheduled for July 31
- Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon: rescheduled for August 24
We know that this is a difficult message to deliver, but this decision was made with everyone’s health and safety at the center.
The State Summer Games is SOMI’s largest event with 2,900 athletes and an additional 3,400 coaches volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. We are currently working on rescheduling and modifying the State Summer Games with a tentative placeholder for the week of July 20, 2020. The Games will most likely be a modified one- or two-day event with the location and sports offered still to be determined. We will update you as more information becomes finalized.
Special Olympics Michigan will continue to reevaluate the situation with Special Olympics International and local health departments and will provide guidance and updated information as needed.
Illness Prevention Tips:
- Wash your hands often: check out proper hand washing techniques here
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you don’t feel good
- Get plenty of sleep
If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, contact your physician.
- Keep moving
- Exercise at home (30 minutes each day)
- Endurance, strength, flexibility and balance exercises
- Ideas: To maintain fitness levels, challenge yourself (example: walk for one minute, run for one minute or jog for one minute, sprint for 30 seconds, repeat)
- Eat healthy
- Eat well-balanced meals. Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables and half should be lean protein, whole grains and dairy
- Eat healthy snacks like apples and peanut butter, low-fat yogurt with berries, carrots and celery with hummus, small handful of almonds
- Stay hydrated
- Drink at least 5 bottles of water at day (80 total ounces or more)