Virtual Summer Games
presented by SpartanNash
presented by SpartanNash
Special Olympics Michigan's Virtual Summer Games presented by SpartanNash is a week-long (July 19-25), first-of-its-kind event giving thousands of athletes across the state a new way to train and compete amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Virtual Summer Games is a safe way for athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, volunteers and supporters to keep the spirit of Special Olympics Michigan alive by competing from home! Here’s how it works:
Note: In order to follow social distancing orders, you should practice and compete in these activities on your own at home; however, virtual interactions with your team through social media, texts or emails are allowed and encouraged! Coaches can still help virtually with explaining practice activities, collecting and submitting scores, and cheering you on.
If you need help or don’t have access to a computer, ask your parent, staff person or coach to help.
Coaches: Do you have athletes who don’t have access to internet but would still like to be a part of Virtual Summer Games? If you’re willing and able to do so safely, please get this printable registration form and waiver to your athletes so they can participate and record their results without needed internet or computer access.
Have other questions or need help submitting your results? Email email@example.com
For a step-by-step tutorial on how to register and submit your scores, check out the video below.
To help you train and get ready to compete, Special Olympics Michigan will be running a Fit 5 training challenge. This challenge is 6-weeks long and you will challenge yourself to drink 5 bottles of water everyday, eat 5 fruits and veggies everyday, and exercise 5 times each week! There is also a Fit 5 Challenge event that you can compete in during the Virtual Summer Games.
To join the training challenge, follow the link below to register!
Once registered, you will receive an invite to a Facebook group where over the 6 week program, there will be posts including tips and tricks on how to complete the challenge and get ready for the Virtual Summer Games.
You can only submit scores for three (3) activities. However, you are more than welcome to practice and train in as many activities as you wish.
For those choosing to compete in the Fit 5 Challenge as one of your activities: you can select one (1) activity in addition to the Fit 5 Challenge. For example, you could select the Fit 5 Challenge as well as basketball layups.
Run, walk or wheelchair
Run, walk or wheelchair
Recommended only for practicing distance runners
Standing or wheel chair
The Fit 5 Challenge is a combination of three fitness events: push-ups, air squats and jumping jacks. If you select the Fit 5 Challenge as an event, you will be asked to enter scores from all three of these events.
Let the Virtual Summer Games begin!
Join us for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Virtual Summer Games across SOMI's social media channels at 7 PM on Sunday, July 19. Hear from special guests and watch the Virtual Torch Run as we kick-off the Virtual Summer Games.
During the first official day of virtual competition from home, take a break and check us out on social media. Keep an eye out for video interviews from athletes, Games Committee members and key volunteers as well as some other fun special events things to do in our downtime.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Even though we can't be together during these Games, they're still an integral part of moving the mission of Special Olympics forward.
We'll touch on the importance of our volunteers and Unified partners in a new video. We'll also get some great Healthy Athletes info from one of our Clinical Directors. Then, we'll close out the day with a Zumba/My Chance to Dance event streamed live on the SOMI Facebook page at 7 PM.
Final competition scores are due today! Be sure to submit your scores through the registration page before the clock strikes midnight.
On social media, we'll hear from athletes to get their take on competing at SOMI competitions. In addition to that, keep an eye out for a creative activity from our Special Events volunteers.
Congratulations on competing in the first-ever Virtual Summer Games! Today is more of a fun day as social media will be filled with some carnival activities.
Ain't no party like a Special Olympics party! Join us for the Virtual Closing Ceremony at 7 PM that will conclude with a Virtual Athlete Victory Dance.
Our friends at Sound Productions will be providing the entertainment for you to dance along with them from home.
It's time to celebrate your accomplishments. All participants will be emailed virtual awards, so keep an eye on your inbox! On social media, we'll be doing some virtual awards presentations while bringing the Virtual Summer Games to a close.