(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Special Olympics Summer Games have gone virtual this year and time is running out to get athletes entered into the on-line showcase. Minnesota Special Olympics sports director Mark Anderson says the Summer Games were scheduled for June in St. Paul, but were canceled due to COVID-19. So, they have decided to get athletes to compete from their homes in contests they can video and record and turn in up through next Monday. Athletes have been invited to train and practice from home, video their competition, record their scores on the registration sheet and take part that way. Anderson says it created a safe way for athletes to still get to compete against their peers from across the state and also celebrate and share in the training and practice that goes into each competition. Anderson says the deadline for entry is Monday. There will be a virtual celebration ceremony on-line on May 27th and athletes, fans, family, and coaches can watch on several different platforms, including the Special Olympics-Minnesota webpage.
For complete details on the entire Virtual Summer Games, click here: Special Olympics Minnesota.
Minnesota Special Olympics sports director Mark Anderson spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: