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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This article was written by Alexa Carney