PORTLAND – Special Olympics Maine has announced all events through May 31 have been canceled.
“We understand that the isolation that comes from social distancing can be very difficult to deal with, and in difficult times we tend to turn to our friends, family and teammates. Without the chance to attend practices, competitions and the social opportunities that Special Olympics offers, we understand that this will only make the coming months even more difficult,” Special Olympics Maine President, Phillip Geelhoed, said.
The cancellations include the state summer games that were scheduled for June 5-7. The measures do not include any MPA or unified sports, initiatives and activities.
Special Olympics Maine added that it will be implementing remote programming and interaction during idle time.
“Last Wednesday we rolled out our “Weekly Warrior” program through social media. Giving athletes, coaches, volunteer groups and corporate partners a number of opportunities to engage in fitness/wellness training from home. This program will offer weekly, updated interaction for all, with goals and challenges to achieve. In an effort to be ready to go, when that time comes again. (And it will come again.),” Geelhoed added.