COVID-19 Updates

In light of the ongoing global crisis regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know we are doing everything we can to be proactive in protecting our athletes, volunteers, coaches and the entire Special Olympics Minnesota community. Your health and safety are our top priority.

The most important thing you can do during this time is to follow the advice and instructions of the Minnesota Department of Health and World Health Organization.

This page will be updated with any new communications from Special Olympics Minnesota.

Read information from Special Olympics International about COVID-19

3/16/20 memo – Special Olympics Minnesota cancels spring & summer Area & Regional events

After careful discussion and review of new developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Special Olympics Minnesota Area and Regional competitions for the spring/summer sports season (swimming, basketball, track & field and gymnastics). While canceling events is disappointing for athletes who have trained and practiced to compete, we know that our love of sport does not compare to the importance of protecting the health of our athletes and the entire Special Olympics Minnesota community.

Along with the decision to cancel area and regional competitions, all practices and other Special Olympics Minnesota gatherings are suspended until April 15, 2020, at which time we will reevaluate and send an update via email.

It is still our hope to host Summer Games in June and therefore we want to allow practices to resume as soon as it’s safe. If we’re able to safely host Summer Games, participation in an Area or Regional competition will not be required in order to compete at the state level. Summer Games registration requirements are still to be determined, and we’ll update you as soon as we know more. If we’re able to host Summer Games this year, we know it will be a joyful and triumphant return for our community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. This is uncharted territory and we appreciate your support as we work to make the best decisions for our athletes and everyone in our community.

3/12/20 memo – Special Olympics Minnesota cancels events through April 5, 2020

Due to recent developments tied to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the heightened risks for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly, Special Olympics Minnesota is suspending all sport training, practices and competition activities, Polar Plunges and other events involving our athletes through April 5, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. Please review our events calendar to see which events are affected.

This decision was made carefully based on new developments and advice from Special Olympics International and their consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Canceling our events is disappointing and not a decision made lightly; however, we know that our love of sport does not compare to the importance of protecting the health of our athletes and the entire Special Olympics Minnesota community.

We are working on plans that address alternative schedules for practices and competitions for basketball, gymnastics, swimming and track. Any updates will be communicated to participants via email, this webpage and social media channels (FacebookTwitter and Instagram).

Please continue to practice smart and careful prevention strategies. Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, avoid high-fives and handshakes, and avoid contact with your face. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation and strive to make the best possible decisions for everyone in our community.