Special Olympics Michigan previously announced that all in-person activities were postponed through Friday, July 31. That postponement is being extended until local/area programs complete the necessary steps outlined in SOMI's Return to Practice Guidelines. The return to play process will be on a per-Area basis, pending approval by the SOMI state office. Official statements regarding return to practice/play and the status of the State Fall Games can be found below.
Return to Practice/Play Statement
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) has designed a return to practice/play plan based around the safety of all of our athletes and volunteers. Step 1 of the plan is based on education, where coaches and volunteers will receive training focused on a return to practice/play. Once an area/program has completed Step 1, it will request approval from the SOMI state office to move into Step 2, which allows for a phased-in return to sport activities as outlined in the return to practice/play plan. Until the area/program has completed Step 1 and received approval from the Special Olympics Michigan state office to move Step 2, all in-person sport activities will remain postponed for that area/program.
In-person Sports Offered at the Current Time
The return to practice guidelines are valid for bocce, cycling and golf. Practice for kayaking, swimming, athletics and field events is allowed only if all guidelines are followed. No team sports are allowed during this time. However, at-home individual skills training is available.