COVID-19 Status Update

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11/17/20 Update

After communication with Special Olympics International, state and local officials, event and competition venues; and with consideration of updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland State Health Department, Special Olympics Maryland is made the following decisions regarding 2021 events and competitions:

  • Deep Creek Dunk will be moved to September 25th, 2021
  • There will not be a WinterGames held in 2021
  • There will be no overnight stays for delegation members (athletes, partners, coaches, and other support personnel)
  • The competition venues and dates for the competition opportunities are under review for each sport (Athletics/Track and Field, Bocce, Cheerleading, Softball, and Swimming)
  • There will not be a grand Opening Ceremony – as we have conducted in the past
  • There will not be an Olympic Park area or an in-person Dance
  • The dates that are being placed on the calendar for the Summer Games are June 11-13.  The reason for saving the three days is that although each sport will have a one-day competition, the dates for each sport may differ. For example, Cheerleading may be conducted on June 11 and Swimming may be conducted on June 12, etc.

While canceling events is very disappointing, the health and safety of our athletes, families, volunteers, and staff remains our primary concern. Even though these events are canceled, Special Olympics Maryland staff will work with local program leaders to identify opportunities for training and sport experiences when they can be held safely. We recognize that these are extraordinary times that require exceptional measures to deal with a health risk that affects us all. We appreciate your understanding and support in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Creating a world where opportunity is not limited by disability for our 8,716 athletes across the state of Maryland, is and remains our sole focus, and we will continue to provide inclusive experiences while adhering to all public health and safety measures that have been put into effect. We encourage every member of the Special Olympics Maryland family to participate in and engage with our new home-based health and wellness campaign, Virtual MOVEment, which is live on Facebook now.

If you have any questions regarding how the COVID-19 situation affects Special Olympics Maryland, please contact Jeff Abel (jabel@somd.org).

This article was written by Alexa Carney

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