Last Updated: May 11, 2020; 7:56 a.m.
The Washington State Department of Public Health (DOH) is the lead agency for the State’s response to COVID-19. They are working closely with public health departments across the state on coordinating and communicating about the response in affected counties.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington State is an active situation that is quickly evolving. We are monitoring the situation and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as guidance from Special Olympics International.
The health and well-being of our athletes is our top priority. To help proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, here are the precautions Special Olympics Washington is taking:
- UPDATED: All practices, Unified league play, regional competitions, and other events involving our athletes are canceled. The 2020 State Spring Games (June 5-7) and the 2020 State Summer Games (August 21-23) are canceled. Please read our updated statement here.
- Some areas within Washington that have not been heavily impacted by the pandemic may reopen sooner than other parts of the state. So, it is possible that some areas may be able to return to practices sooner than others. With this in mind, our plan moving forward is to focus on local area programming, and we’ll be working with our Area Directors to develop guidelines to ensure a safe return to practices when the time is right.
- In lieu of in-person training/practice sessions, we encourage home training. Please see the Resources section below.
- We encourage people to let Special Olympics Washington know if they know of any athletes, coaches, volunteers, or family members who test positive for the virus.
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For FAQs related to the cancellation of Special Olympics Washington’s practices and regional competitions, State Spring Games, and State Summer Games please read this.
For a general overview of the coronavirus outbreak and what you can do to protect yourself, please visit the Special Olympics International website.
State of Washington – Spread the Facts
Bookmark this page for the latest information on the State of Washington’s response to the coronavirus outbreak: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/spread-facts
DSHS Response to Coronavirus Outbreak
Get the latest updates from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
STAY FIT Challenge
Join us for a fun program to stay fit and healthy while you’re at home. The STAY FIT Challenge is open to all athletes, coaches, partners and volunteers. Check out this page for more details.
Special Olympics Strong Minds
Self-Care Tips for Special Olympics Families
As you care for your loved ones, remember to take care of yourself as well. Find useful tips here.
Fitness Training with the Teambuildr App
The Teambuildr fitness training app offers Special Olympics Washington athletes and teams access to workout plans to build strength, endurance, and speed. Special Olympics Washington athletes and teams can download the TeamBuildr app and follow a customized workout plan over the season. Use TeamBuildr at home on your own or with your teammates!
- Watch our Teambuildr tutorial, which includes helpful information on how to set up and use the app.
- For a guide with instructions on how to download the app and sign up, click here.
- Both of these resources – the tutorial and the Teambuildr guide – can also be found on Dropbox.
Fit 5 Home Training Resources
Find training guides, fitness cards and videos on the Fit 5 website: resources.specialolympics.org/health/fitness/fit-5-page
** Please continue to check back for updates as this situation continues to develop and unfold. **