Statewide – Special Olympics Indiana has extended the suspension of all in-person practices, events, and social activities at all levels of the organization through June 30. The decision was made after consulting with the leaders of other Special Olympics programs throughout the U.S. and with our own Board of Directors according to Special Olympics Indiana President & CEO Jeff Mohler.
Mohler added ‘The decision was not easy. 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.’
According to the CDC, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disorders are at increased risk of 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.
Mohler also mentioned ‘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.’ ‘We should continue to practice social distancing. We should wash our hands properly and frequently. We should wear a face mask when at work or in public. We should be careful not to spread our germs or to touch our faces with unwashed hands.’ ‘I know it’s difficult to be patient, but I encourage our athletes to reach out to friends, teammates, and coaches. Make sure they remain safe and healthy. ‘