Based on careful consideration of all provincial health requirements and the needs of our community, Special Olympics BC has announced our first steps for safely returning to in-person sport programs, meetings, and fundraising events. We invite everyone to read our plan for a safe, staged return to sport.
While SOBC starts in on the slow, phased process of reopening in-person sport programs, we can all stay active and connected while we're at home! Special Olympics BC has resources to help athletes maintain their training and health at home. And we are committed to helping everyone feel connected and supported.
Please absolutely do not hesitate to contact Special Olympics BC staff with any questions whatsoever, and/or any ideas for how we can best support the SOBC community that inspires us all the time.
Please check out the resources below, and please stay in touch!
Athletes & Everyone
- Participate in the #SOBCSummerSweat challenge! We have weekly calendars full of fun daily workouts, nutrition challenges, and wellness activities. Find the calendars here
- Complete at-home workouts with Special Olympics Team Canada's strength and conditioning coach, plus Special Olympics Fit 5 and School of Strength! Find the links here
- Work on the core skills for your sport at home, using our Basic Skill Acquisition packages and videos! Please click here
- Work out with Special Olympics BC – Kelowna coach Shayla McLean, who has been leading at-home Club Fit sessions on Facebook Live three times a week since the spring! Find the recordings
- Looking for more workout videos and tools to help you stay active at home? Please click here
- Please click here for resources to continue Special Olympics youth program activities at home, including guides and videos.
- UNICEF's tips for talking to children about coronavirus
School groups staying active at home can use the youth program at-home resources. And groups can have fun remotely using Spread the Word>>Inclusion to champion inclusion and respect. These activities can be done anytime and there are lots of ways to participate online! Please click here to learn more.
SOBC COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS
We recognize that many volunteers have other priorities right now, and we have no expectations of you – we only want you to feel supported, and know that our thoughts and appreciation are always with you. But for those coaches and those Locals who want to continue the operations they still can address remotely, Special Olympics BC has tools to assist Local Committees, and we are developing online coach education resources.
- Local volunteers, please contact your local Community Development staff member for more information.
- Coaches, please check out our new Coach Development Webinars and more on our hub for online coach education resources.
- Take part in our What’s On Your Mind Wednesday live conversations on the SOBC Facebook Page, coming up next on August 5 and 19 at 2 p.m. PT! Special Olympics BC athletes, staff, and special guests are here to talk and address your comments and questions! Please click here to watch past shows.
- Join Special Olympics BC’s Facebook Groups to chat with athletes and coaches in your sport – links to come!
- Try the mental and physical exercises in our weekly #SOBCSummerSweat challenge and Wellness Bingo! Please click here
- Check out the mental training tools on our athlete health resources page, including these coping strategies during COVID-19 developed for SOBC athletes by Mental Performance Consultant Keltie Sommer.
- Use our daily routine template to help you plan your day and feel great!
- Try this fun, positive gratitude practice created by Mental Performance Coach Scott Donald specifically for the SOBC community.
- Please click here for a plan for how to stay happy and healthy while being safe and staying in. This was developed by Opening Doors and self-advocates in the UK, and adapted for Canada by Ontario agencies.
- Please click here to watch the inspiring words from SOBC – Comox Valley athlete Jake Hooper, a member of the Canadian Athlete Leadership Council and North American Leadership Council.
- Try the Special Olympics International Take 5 for Strong Minds Challenge, where athletes are encouraged to spend 5 minutes every day practicing a Strong Minds stress-reducing technique: using a stress ball, thinking positive thoughts, deep breathing, and strong stretching.
Special Olympics BC recommends using B.C. and Canadian health authorities for information on COVID-19, including:
- The BC Centre for Disease Control
- The Public Health Agency of Canada (new link May 2020 - resources created by the federal COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group)
- The Government of British Columbia
Please click here for the advice from the BC Centre for Disease Control on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
The BC Centre for Disease Control notes that most people with COVID-19 recover; but some people are more vulnerable to developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19, including older people and those with chronic health conditions. Other patients may have questions about how their health may be impacted by COVID-19. Please click here for the BC Centre for Disease Control's information on this.
- Family Support Institute: The Family Support Institute of B.C. provides a lot of help, including online video chat groups throughout the province! Please click here
- Community Living BC: Please click here for Community Living BC’s COVID-19 information. Please click here for the CLBC COVID-19 Weekly Updates for individuals and families. Please click here for their really helpful collection of plain-language resources (new May 2020).
- Health care settings during COVID-19: Please click here for a toolkit created by B.C. individuals with disabilities and families for use when you have to go into health care settings during COVID-19. (New June 2020)
- COVID-19: Please click here to find a plain-language guide to COVID-19, developed by self-advocates in Vermont.
- Financial support: Please click here for a plain-language guide to financial support from the government, recommended by Michael Campbell, SOBC Director and MoneyTalks host.
- Seeing medical professionals: “Why your doctor looks different during COVID-19" Special Olympics Indiana Board Member John Dickerson and his company Quillo were generous enough to share this video.