Special Olympics International strongly advised all organizations continue to suspend events and training.
(Undated) - In a recent memo from Special Olympics International to all programs worldwide, CEO Mary Davis provided updated guidance related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, her memo strongly advised that all Special Olympics activities continue to be suspended through at least the end of June, even as government restrictions begin to ease.
After consulting with the leaders of other Special Olympics programs throughout the U.S. and with Special Olympics Indiana's own Board of Directors, Jeff Mohler, CEO/President of Special Olympics Indiana, has decided that Special Olympics Indiana will comply with this advisement; and regrets to announce that all in-person practices, events, and social activities at all levels of the organization are to be cancelled through June 30.
“The decision was not easy”, stated Mohler. “As Governor Holcomb plans for the slow reopening of our state, I know that we are asking our athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers to be patient. But I believe Special Olympics International’s strategy is in the best interest of the people we serve.”, Mohler continued.
According to the CDC, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or development disorders are at increased risk for contracting COVID-19. In addition, people with ID experience higher rates of chronic health conditions that also put them at higher risk of serious illness and poorer outcomes from COVID-19.
Special Olympics competitions and events are opportunities for entire communities to come together in support of our vision. But, unfortunately, that joining together poses significant risks for everyone involved.
“So let us be cautious in our approach. Let’s see if there are new spikes in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Let us keep the safety of our people first and foremost.”, said Mohler.