Special Olympics adapts during pandemic

Published: Apr. 21, 2020 at 9:50 PM CDT
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The Coronavirus has ended sports at every level including the Special Olympics.

For the most part, April is the busiest time of the year. There are events taking place every weekend. When it comes to the Special Olypmics, they aren't going down without a fight. Instead, they are adapting and giving athletes everywhere a chance to compete in a different way.

"Were actually going to roll out virtual sports competitions to make up for those sports that we had to suspend, or cancel," Texas Special Olympics associate director Dalton Hill said. "Those will be coming up probably in the middle of May, we will start rolling those out on a weekly basis. We want to tailor it to similar activities that they were already doing. For those competitions that they can still do from home."

Athletes normally look forward to these events held across the state, which made the decision to cancel them a tough one.

"There's a reason that why we need to have opportunities like this," Hill said. "Even though we can't do things physically, or we have to stay physically distant from others, there's a reason why. It's more important to stay safe, but stay engaged during this time."

Texoma is home to several special Olympic events, and even though the athletes may not get to hit the field this year, the mission is still the same.

"Creating these outlets and opportunities for socialization, or engagement, or physical activity for our athletes. Once all this came to pass, and we were informed of all the changes, we said 'We're not going away, they depend on us for so many things already, and we don't want to let that fall just because we had to chance our processes."

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