Special Olympics Athletes, Volunteers and Families,
The current pandemic has had a great impact on the ability to share in community programs and sports. Special Olympics Saskatchewan had previously suspended all programs and events until June 30th and as that deadline approaches, we want to share an update on our current status. Organized sports in Saskatchewan are taking various approaches to begin again. With much evaluation and thought, our organizational leaders agree that most summer programs will not launch and we will spend time planning for Fall registration.
Certain Special Olympics Communities will be offering limited programs over the summer under close direction from Special Olympics Saskatchewan and with enhanced regulations.
What comes next?
- If you do not hear from your coach about starting summer programs, know that this choice was made to keep you and everyone safe.
- If your community is able to offer certain sports soon, your coach will be in touch to share the schedule if you had registered. This may not happen for a few weeks though while the new safety rules are being developed so please be patient.
- Whether you have programs starting in the summer or fall, you will be expected to follow new safety rules and your practices may look different than before. Come prepared to cooperate with your coaches and teammates to follow the new safety rules.
- Follow along with the virtual training programs offered by Special Olympics Saskatchewan or your home Special Olympics Community.
- Take charge of your fitness and wellness over the summer by enjoying walks, nature, trying a new fitness program or meditation and simply enjoying moving your body every day! Many professional athletes use the summer break to cross train, and try new activities so try something you feel safe and comfortable with and have some fun!
- Summer program approvals were based on your feedback and as such, there should be no programs operating where volunteers are not comfortable to attend.
- Share with your Community Executive leaders what you need to be prepared and feel safe to return.
- You will be expected to be familiar with new safety procedures and protocols for program delivery. Please prepare to receive those materials, review them thoroughly and participate in learning opportunities that will soon be provided by Special Olympics. When they are prepared they will be shared directly with you and also available for reference on our website.
- Thank you for your willingness to adapt and your patience as we work towards being together again. We appreciate the time you share with Special Olympics!
We will be working with our Community Executive leaders over the summer to prepare for the next year of Special Olympics programs. While we can expect some necessary changes and restrictions, we can assure you that our fundamental values of providing a place for sport, inclusion and enriching your lives will be maintained.
Yours in Sport,
Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Saskatchewan