Please be advised that the provincial office is closed as of March 16th, 2020 until further notice.
For more information and updates, please visit the Special Olympics Ontario website at: https://www1.specialolympicsontario.com/covid-19-updates/. Please direct all questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311.
August 31, 2020
Attention: Special Olympics Ontario Communities, Clubs, Volunteers, Athletes, Partners, Associates and Families
During the month of August, Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) moved forward with our plan to carefully open up programs, which included staged sport openings for limited activities such as golf. Return to Program www.specialolympicsontario.com/return-to-program was launched July 25th providing the information, process and procedures for communities, teams, programs, volunteers, athletes and families to understand the process and provide feedback.
While health regulations are easing across the province, opening sport in a safe, secure and organized manner continues to be a challenge. We (SOO) have received and have made a number of alterations to the process but feedback remains cautious and deliberate, which is standard across the province.
Our plans will mirror this approach and we will work with communities and schools on the method that works best for them as they move into the orange stage of Return to Program. It seems likely that a hybrid model will be the approach of choice where some athlete/coach interaction will be supplemented by virtual platforms. That said, it will be an individual choice to participate or not.
While programs may begin to look at opening, the process to do so must still be followed.
Fundraising activities may be planned and approved by submitting a request to the provincial office through the Return to Program Hub. Health protocols must be followed and athlete participation must be approved and may be conditional based on risk concerns and/or liability reasons.
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There are a number of virtual LETR and motionball events happening during the month of September providing a great way to involve our athletes and communities.
As usual, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of this pandemic on a month to month basis and we will advise you of any further information as it becomes available.
Please stay informed by going to our website www.specialolympicsontario.com for the latest updates.
Should you have any questions or would like to speak with a staff person about the pandemic please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311 and leave a message and we will follow up.
Stay safe everyone!
Thanks for your understanding,
President & CEO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Special Olympics Ontario continues to proactively monitor the situation with COVID-19. The health and safety of program and event participants are our top priority, and we encourage everyone to follow public health best practices and current information. Please see below for additional information regarding what we currently know about COVID-19 and updates from Special Olympics Ontario.
Special Olympics Ontario recommends using Ontario and Canadian health authorities for information on COVID-19, including:
For those looking to stay active in the absence of events and programming, please check out the at-home training and health resources on the Special Olympics Ontario website.