Return to Activities

Updated on January 21, 2022

Protecting the health and safety of the Special Olympics Washington community is our top priority. Due to rising COVID-19 case rates throughout the state, winter season will be modified including the difficult decision to cancel our 2022 State Winter Games in March.

For the remainder of this season, our efforts will be focused on meeting teams where they are by providing modified regional competitions and virtual opportunities, as well as working with programs to host local competitions. The new schedule will be published the week of January 17. Please read our winter season update for more information.

  • Basketball – All community basketball competitions will be postponed until mid-February to early March. Coaches: the deadline for basketball final registration has been pushed back to January 25.
  • Alpine & Snowboarding – There are no changes to the Westside Regional competition. The Eastside Regional competition has been canceled due to low participation.
  • Skating, Cheerleading, Cross Country & Snowshoeing – Special Olympics Washington staff will be contacting programs directly to organize modified regional and local competitions.
  • Unified Champion Schools – Unified Champion Schools will continue with the regular scheduled league play season and district competitions. Unified basketball teams will continue to follow school protocols and testing until further notice. At this time, there is no change to the existing Unified Champion Schools basketball schedule or paperwork deadlines.
  • Fundraising Events – Polar Plunge events will continue with the scheduled event dates. However, in-person activities will be modified. More information can be found at PolarPlungeWA.com.
  • Virtual Resource Fairs – Join us for monthly virtual Resource Fairs to stay connected to athletes and have fun! Topics include healthy cooking, wellness, and more! Resource Fairs will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.

We encourage and strongly recommend that all individuals participating in Special Olympics Washington activities get vaccinated if they can and to continue wearing masks to protect themselves and others.

Athletes, parents and caregivers: please check with your coach or area director to confirm the specific sports that will be offered in your area this season.

Our return to in-person activities, including training and local/regional/state competitions, is subject to change based on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from state and local health authorities. For more information, please contact rta@sowa.org or call our Athlete Hotline at (206) 578-3335.

Virtual Athletics Event

Special Olympics Washington is offering a Virtual Athletics event for all athletes to participate in. Athletes may participate as an individual, or with their team. Registration is not required to participate in this event. Submit final times and distances by, March 6, 2022.

General Resources for All

Frequently Asked Questions

Coaches Resources

Volunteers Resources

Fundraising Resources

Wellness Coordinator Resources