We will update this page periodically (most recent updates at the top of the page) with updates on how COVID-19 is affecting Special Olympics Missouri events.

#SOMOAtHome Programming

We are offering a variety of online programming for all of our constituents during the COVID-19 pandemic, including health & wellness lessons as well as leadership & life skills classes. Click here for the full list of exercises and learning opportunities. 

Messaging updates

March 11: Programming cancelled through March 31

March 12: Columbia Polar Plunge cancelled

March 17: Programming cancelled through May 31

March 17, 2020:

An update from SOMO on the coronavirus (MARCH 17)
As we previously stated in an announcement on March 11, we are taking the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) seriously. Our number one priority is keeping our athletes and constituents safe.

 

On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines to postpone or cancel in-person events that consist of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

 

Special Olympics Missouri is following the guidance of the CDC, Special Olympics Inc., and Special Olympics North America by officially extending the suspension of all sports trainings (including practices), competitions, and other program-related activities involving our athletes through MAY 31, 2020.


At this time we are evaluating the feasibility of State Summer Games in Columbia (June 5-7) and how it will be impacted. We will be in contact as we learn more, so stay tuned.

If you have program-related questions, please contact Trish Lutz (Lutz@somo.org).

It will require ALL of us taking every precautionary measure to ensure that everyone stays as healthy as possible. Please join us in taking this seriously for the safety of all of our athletes and the safety of our community at large. It’s important that we all stay positive over the next few weeks. We’ll get through this by supporting each other, practicing safe social distancing, checking in on one another, and spreading facts, not fear. Keep the faith and know that we are all in this together.

We are in the process of creating virtual programs to engage Special Olympics Missouri athletes and fans during this time. Currently, our athlete-leaders are leading exercise, hygiene, and cooking sessions on our Facebook channel two times per day. We look forward to offering other forms of programming via our social media channels, including leadership and life skills courses in the near future.

To see all updates related to coronavirus, including past online learning sessions and a calendar of upcoming sessions, please visit www.SOMO.org/CoronavirusUpdate on a regular basis.


SOI has prepared a list of frequently asked questions on the topic of virus prevention and control that you can reference. The CDC also has a lot of great information that is updated regularly (including how to avoid contraction of the virus if you are in the group of higher-risk individuals).

 

SOI has developed a 30-minute eLearning course for the Special Olympics community about COVID-19. This course is designed to cover the basic information about the coronavirus. To take the course, visit www.learn.specialolympics.org.

 

If you become aware of anyone in the Special Olympics Missouri family who becomes infected with coronavirus, immediately alert Susan Stegeman (Stegeman@somo.org).

Here are some tips to help make sure we all stay healthy:

• If you’re feeling even slightly under the weather or you’re running a fever, please stay home. Whether you’re an athlete, coach, family member or volunteer, please don’t put everyone else at risk because you don’t want to miss something. We know missing out isn’t any fun, but taking the chance that someone could get sick because of your actions isn’t fun either.

• Wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating -- do so for AT LEAST 20 seconds.

• Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open bathroom doors, not your freshly-washed hands

• Avoid touching your face

• Sneeze or cough into your arm, not your hands

• Avoid shaking hands and high-fives

• Avoid drinking from the same cup or bottle as someone else

• Set up a home training regimen with your local athletes to make sure everyone still stays in shape

-    Keep an eye on our social media accounts over the next week as we work with our athlete-leaders to develop a training plan for our athletes to stay fit in this time without practices

• For updates on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website daily


For all future updates on the virus and how it affects Special Olympics Missouri, please visit www.SOMO.org.

 

 

March 12, 2020:

COLUMBIA POLAR PLUNGE CANCELLED


Hello Columbia Polar Plungers,

The Columbia Polar Plunge scheduled for March 14 is officially cancelled. Due to the concern over Coronavirus, and following on the heels of us cancelling all program-related events (practices, competitions, etc.) statewide through the end of the month, we feel it's in the best interest of all of our constituents involved if we do the same for this special event.

It will require all of us taking every precautionary measure to ensure that this virus doesn't spread any more than it already has. Please join us in taking this seriously for the safety of everyone in our communities.

We are looking at the possibility of hosting a Plunge later this fall where you would be invited to join us. We will be in contact with more details on the event at a later date.

We apologize for any confusion or disappointment. We are looking out for the safety of our whole community and hope to see you again very soon.

For those of you who raised enough money for incentives, we have them and are happy to coordinate getting them to you. At this time, since this situation is changing by the hour, we ask that you are patient with us as we try to figure out how to handle disbursement of those incentives. We will be in contact in the next couple of months. Feel free to reach out to us if you haven’t heard anything by June 1.

We are sending this message out to everyone who registered online, but we know that there are people who register in-person on the day of the event. Please make sure everyone on your team, and those who register on event day, are aware of the cancellation.

If you have donations to mail in, please send them to Special Olympics Missouri, 711 W. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Please include "Columbia Polar Plunge" AND the Plunger's name with the money.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at Delameter@somo.org.

Thanks again for your support!

Kami Delameter, Columbia Plunge Organizer

 

 

March 11, 2020:

Special Olympics Missouri is taking the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) seriously. Our number one priority is keeping our athletes and constituents safe.


As an organization that serves a broad array of individuals, including some who may have medical issues that increase their potential susceptibility, we feel especially compelled to follow the recommended practice of social distancing to keep our athletes and supporters safe.

 

For this reason, Special Olympics Missouri is suspending all sport trainings (including practices), competitions, and other program-related activities involving our athletes through March 31, 2020. We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of the month.

If you have program-related questions, please contact Trish Lutz (Lutz@somo.org).

This decision was made carefully after consulting with Special Olympics officials and state and county health officials after they spoke with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.

It will require ALL of us taking every precautionary measure to ensure that everyone stays as healthy as possible. Please join us in taking this seriously for the safety of all of our athletes and the safety of our community at large.

SOI has prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you can reference on the topic of virus prevention and control. The CDC also has a lot of great information that is updated regularly (including how to avoid contracting the virus if you are in the group of higher-risk individuals). 

 

Here are some tips to help make sure we all stay healthy:

  • If you’re feeling even slightly under the weather or you’re running a fever, please stay home. Whether you’re an athlete, coach, family member or volunteer, please don’t put everyone else at risk because you don’t want to miss something. We know missing out isn’t any fun, but taking the chance that someone could get sick because of your actions isn’t fun either.
  • Wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating -- do so for AT LEAST 20 seconds.
  • Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open bathroom doors, not your freshly-washed hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into your arm, not your hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands and high-fives.
  • Avoid drinking from the same cup or bottle as someone else.
  • Set up a home training regimen with your local athletes to make sure everyone still stays in shape.
    • Keep an eye on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) over the next week as we work with our athlete-leaders to develop a training plan for our athletes to stay fit in this time without practices. If you are an athlete who is interested in helping, email Brandon Schatsiek (Schatsiek@somo.org).
  • For updates on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website daily


For all future updates on the virus and how it affects SOMO events, please visit www.SOMO.org.

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