MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — During the COVID–19 pandemic, numerous events around the globe have been cancelled. However, some of those events have gone virtual. Here in Michigan, the Special Olympics are going that route. The Virtual Summer Games will be taking place from July 19-25. This will give thousands of athletes across the state to train and compete amid the COVID–19 pandemic. Athletes will choose from a list of 20 sporting events and will then submit their scores to see how they stack up against others from around the state. Even though this year will be different, the games are still on. Thanks to those that shared their ideas with the organization.
“We started getting feedback from our athletes, staff members, and volunteers,” said (Senior Director, Marketing and Communications of Special Olympics Michigan) Aaron Mills. “It all came together to make this big giant event.”
The Virtual Summer Games is open to anyone, whether you’re a Special Olympics athlete, supporter, volunteer, or just someone that wants to be part of this first of its kind. Those that are competing will take part in a six-week health and wellness training program that begins this Monday.
Full details for the 2020 Virtual Summer Games can be found at http://somi.org/virtualgames