On August 1st we released our Return to Play protocols and noted that we would return to small group trainings/practices under our Phase 1 guidelines. Since that date we have remained in Phase 1, while continually assessing the situation in order to determine whether it is safe for our program (athletes, coaches, volunteers) to advance to Phase 2, remain in Phase 1, or move back to Phase 0.
Under the guidance of Special Olympics Inc; with the COVID 19 pandemic still adversely affecting schools, businesses, sports facilities and families across the state along with limited Local Program participation, SOME has made the decision to stay in our R2P Phase 1 protocols through the end of April 2021 (March 1 – April 31, 2021) with the safety of all, as our most important outcome.
This announcement also serves as a notice of CANCELLATION of the Central & Southern Maine Basketball Tournaments in March, as well as the State Swim Meet in April. (But please read on for alternative virtual opportunities we have developed for basketball and swimming.)
Special Olympics Maine will offer virtual (individualized) activities going into the months of March and April, such as our Virtual Basketball Skills Challenge set to kick off on March 1, and a Virtual Swim Challenge (more info to come) to be offered during the month of April, that we know will continue to help athletes during Phase 1 stay active and engaged in sports activities. We encourage you to get your athletes involved in these virtual engagement opportunities and stay connected with us!
Please do share this information and update with your athletes and their families. As always contact Special Olympics Maine with any questions, concerns or needs.
With the coming of spring, COVID numbers currently going in the right direction, and the chance to get back outdoors, we are hopeful to be able to offer more “in person” sports opportunities soon, with a chance to possibly gather in groups larger than 10. Please stay tuned, more to come!
The Special Olympics Maine Team