Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games to be held virtually

3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago Wednesday, May 06 2020 May 6, 2020 Wednesday, May 06, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT May 06, 2020 in News
By: Maggie Madro, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) will be hosting its first-ever Virtual Summer Games this May and June.

Due to COVID-19, the games have had to be moved to an online platform, which will give participants the ability to participate from home. 

From May 16-18, athletes will "compete" by turning in their scores for all of the events in which they are interested in competing. The results will then be announced on Facebook.

Nine events are featured. They are planking, speed dribble (basketball), standing long jump, run/walk/roll (150 feet), run/walk/roll (75 feet), wall sits, volleyball set/bump, swimming kicks, and soccer juggling. SOMO picked these events because they can be done with minimal to no equipment. 

The virtual Opening Ceremony, which will be held on June 5, will include the Athlete's and Coach's Oath, a Law Enforcement Torch Run and a special guest declaring the games officially open.

The games will close with a recap video on June 6. For more information and times, visit Special Olympics Missouri's website

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