March 20, 2020
Under advisement from Special Olympics International, in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend all community-based Special Olympics practices, competitions and other activities through the end of May.
This will include Summer Games, which was scheduled for June 12-13.
All school-based Unified Champion Schools (UCS) activities should continue to follow the lead of the school system and/or school superintendentin the decision-making process.
All Special Olympics VA and Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising events also are suspended through May 31.
We made this decision based on information from experts, prioritizing the well-being our of athletes, family members, volunteers and supporters. Our events are opportunities for people to come together for a wonderful cause but unfortunately, that joining together can pose a risk to our athletes and communities.
During the course of the next few weeks we'll be sharing useful information with all of our athletes, coaches and families on ways they can stay fit and make healthy lifestyle choices. We'll post videos of training you can do at home as well as other tips and online resources. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and your email for more details.
Our staff is still working so if you have any questions or need to reach out to us you can contact any staff member via email. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President