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 (SOMI) has made the decision to extend its postponement of in-person events through May 31, 2020.
This postponement includes the 2020 State Summer Games, originally scheduled for May 28-30 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and extends to all sport, training and competition activities as well as all in-person fundraising events.
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.
We are also working to reschedule the annual Rev It Up Ride for sometime in the Fall. More details to follow at a later date.
We serve a population where many are at a heightened risk due to age and/or compromised immune systems. While canceling events is truly disappointing for athletes who have trained for months to compete – as well as for the volunteers, family, friends and our staff and board who support them and look forward to cheering for them – we know that our love of sport doesn’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of all involved.
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.