Special Olympics BC has paused all training programs, competitions and face-to-face meetings until April 30th due to COVID-19 concerns.
“We know this is a big change for our community. We know we will all need to work harder and do more to stay active and connected at this unique time,” said the organization in a press release.
Special Olympics BC (SOBC) says it is working on tools to help the community stay connected, encouraged and active.
Part of the suspension is knowing they will not have the same amount of volunteers due to social distancing measures.
“We recognize that many volunteers have other priorities right now, and we have no expectations of you – we only want you to feel supported,” said SOBC.
Future competitions will all have to be assessed by Special Olympics.
“We will assess, address, and communicate what the postponement of the Regional Qualifiers in March and April means for qualifying for the 2021 SOBC Summer Games.”
In addition to program changes, there are many implications for the non-profit’s fundraising events and partners.
Not wanting to push their partners during the pandemic, SOBC has pushed the launch of the 2020 New Car Dealers Foundation and Special Olympics BC Auction that was scheduled for the end of March.
Following health authorities’ recommendations, all staff are working remotely, and will utilize tools on SOBC’s website to help them do their jobs.
SOBC will announce various resources will be announced in the future on their social media pages, and they will continue to share at-home training and health resources on their website.
Those looking for more info are encouraged to visit the Special Olympics BC website.