2020 Virtual Summer Games

Special Olympics Missouri is proud to bring you the first-ever Virtual Summer Games! Due to COVID-19, we had to significantly alter our State Summer Games experience and moving it to an online format. 

The 2020 Virtual Summer Games will be unlike any other competition Special Olympics Missouri has ever put on. It will include opportunities for athletes and Unified Partners to compete in a variety of events from the comfot of their own homes.

You MUST be a registered SOMO athlete (have an ACTIVE physical on file) to participate. Unified Partners can be family members or staff who do NOT need to have an active Unified Partner form on file.

QUICK LINKS:

 

OPENING CEREMONY VIDEO



RECAP VIDEO


SPORTS ZONE VIDEO:

 

RESULTS:

75-FT. RUN/WALK    
 
     
150-FT. RUN/WALK    
     
SPEED DRIBBLE    
   
     
LONG JUMP    
 
     
PLANKING    
 
     
SWIMMING    
 
     
VOLLEYBALL    
     
WALL SIT    
     
SOCCER    
   

 

 

 

SCHEDULE:

Description: Dates: Times: Links/resources:
Launch date May 1 6 p.m. Facebook Live event
Two weeks of training May 4-15 ALL Tutorials (see below)
Online registration period May 16-18

Opens 8 a.m. May 16

Closes
11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 19

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! TUNE INTO THE OPENING CEREMONY ON JUNE 6 AND RECAP VIDEO ON JUNE 7 VIA FACEBOOK LIVE (SEE BELOW)

Opening Ceremony June 5 7 p.m. Facebook event link
Sports Zone (yoga & stretching) June 6 9 a.m. Facebook event link
#SOMOVirtualTorchRun June 6 10 a.m. Register today!
End of games celebration video June 6 7 p.m. Facebook event link
Dance! June 6 7:30 p.m. Facebook event link

 

HOW IT WILL WORK:

All of the competitions are listed below. Athletes are allowed to register for as many of the events as they'd like to compete in (see rules below). Follow these steps in order to take part in the 2020 Virtual Summer Games.

1. Read through the events below and decide what ones you'd like to compete in.

2. Watch the tutorial videos on the events and read the descriptions to understand exactly how the events will be judged. READ CAREFULLY!

3. Train the weeks of May 4-15. While training, take pictures and video of you training and post to social media with the hashtag #SOMOVirtualSummerGames. Some of our #SOMOatHome instructors/athlete-leaders will be leading sessions those two weeks specifically to get you in the best shape possible to compete. They go live at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day on our Facebook page. If you ever miss a session and want to go back and watch old ones, click here!

4. Starting May 16, "compete" in the events that interest you. Record your results by writing them down and/or videotaping yourself doing them through Flipgrid. Click this link to connect to the Virtual Summer Games grid to record your videos. If you need a tutorial on how to use Flipgrid, here's one if you want to download the app to your phone or tablet and here's a video if you'd rather just access it from your computer. NOTE: You do NOT have to record videos for your events unless it specifically asks you to. We encourage everyone to record a video if they are willing because it will create a sense of community that we'll miss by not seeing everyone compete in-person. We will then use these videos as part of Saturday night's recap.

5. By 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, you must have turned in ALL of your results/videos and registered through the online JotForm (link not available until this time and date). Coaches and families are allowed to enter information for their athletes. Again, you do not HAVE to record videos and post them to Flipgrid; this is optional. You MUST upload a photo of yourself when you register through the JotForm though. No exceptions. This is all based on the honor system; please don't cheat. We can't keep you from cheating, but we hope that all of you remember the Athlete's Oath while entering your scores/times.

6. Once everything has been submitted, relax and patiently wait to find out how you did! The SOMO sports team will division you based on gender, age, and your scores. 

7. To find out how you did, you'll have to tune into the recap show at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 on Facebook Live.

COMPETITION:

The idea is that you can train and "compete" as many times as you'd like over the course of the next couple of weeks until you have a time or a score that you're proud of turning in. You don't have to turn in your first time or score. Use the time to train and get better and better every day!

Sport/event: Divisions: Description/rules: Resources/tutorial video:
Planking


Modified (on knees instead of feet)
Regulation
Unified

Timed event. Hold the plank as long as you can. Record that time.

If doing with a Unified Partner, record your two times and add them together.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Speed dribble (basketball)

Modified (two hands)
Regulation (one hand)

Dribble a basketball for as long as you can without losing control.

Count the number of dribbles in 30 seconds without losing control of the ball.

Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Standing long jump

Regulation

Use a line on the ground or a crack in the concrete. Stand behind that line and jump as far as you can.

Have someone measure the distance from the front of the line to the first spot that your body hit the ground. If you fall backward after hitting the ground, be sure to measure from the spot closest to the jump line. MEASURE IN FEET!
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Run/Walk/Roll (150 feet)


Running
Walking (includes walkers)
Rolling (wheelchair)

Set up straight line of 150 feet NOT METERS. Can split this distance up and make it a down and back if you don't have 150 feet. 

Record your time to run/walk/roll the distance.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Run/Walk/Roll (75 feet)


Running
Walking (includes walkers)
Rolling (wheelchair)

Set up straight line of 75 feet NOT METERS. Can split this distance up and make it a down and back if you don't have 75 feet.

Record your time to run the distance.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Wall Sits


Regulation

Timed event. Place your back straight up against a wall. Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Feel free to put a chair underneath you to catch you if you fall, but you must stop the timer as soon as any body part touches the chair.

Record how long you were able to hold the position.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Volleyball set/bump


Unified

Timed event. Done with a Unified Partner, ball is set or bumped to a partner and hit back and forth for up to one minute.

Record the number of total hits you two have without the ball hitting the ground OR the timer running out.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Swimming kicks


Regulation

Lay on a sofa or bed with your feet dangling. Kick your feet like you would if you were swimming.

Count the number of kicks you have in 30 seconds.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like
Soccer juggle


Regulation
Unified

Kick a soccer ball in the air and keep it from touching the ground or your arms/hands. You can juggle the ball with your feet, head, knees or thighs.

Record the number of times you touch the ball with your foot, head, knee, or thigh, within a 30-second timeframe.
Tutorial video and how to upload to Flipgrid if you'd like

 

 

VOLUNTEERS:

Here are ways that YOU can still be involved in our Virtual Summer Games:

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS :

The Healthy Athletes program is excited to share health tips with you virtually! Check back later to hear from some of our clinicians and volunteers about our Healthy Athletes screenings and how you can stay healthy. SOMO athletes will also be sharing how Health and Wellness helps them perform their best during sports competitions. RSVP for the Facebook event today!


OPENING CEREMONY: 

The virtual Opening Ceremony will include pieces that you'd traditionally see during a Special Olympics Missouri Opening Ceremony including the Athlete's and Coach's Oath, entertainment, a special guest declaring the games officially open, and much more!

The Opening Ceremony will be pre-recorded and shown on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5.


SPIRIT WEEK:

The week leading up to the games (June 1-5) will be full of exciting opportunities to show off your SOMO spirit. 

See the prompts for each day below. Do what that day says, take a picture, post to your social media tagging Special Olympics Missouri and using the hashtag #SOMOSpiritWeek.

  • Monday, June 1: Favorite Sports Team Day -- Wear the apparel of your favorite sports team!
  • Tuesday, June 2: Wild Hair/Hat Day -- Let's see your wildest hair-do or hat! 
  • Wednesday, June 3: Disney Day -- Dress up like your favorite Disney character or wear Disney apparel!
  • Thursday, June 4: Mismatch Day -- Wear clothes that clearly don't match!
  • Friday, June 5: SOMO Spirit Day -- Wear your favorite SOMO apparel!


#SOMOVirtualTorchRun:

Every year, thousands of law enforcement officers raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Missouri through the annual LETR Torch Run. Because we've gone virtual with our Summer Games, the Torch Run has gone virtual as well. This has created an opportunity for everyone to participate in something typically only reserved for law enforcement officers. If you are interested in joining our virtual Torch Run (and receiving an exclusive T-shirt in the process), click here!

ONLINE SOUVENIR STORE:

We heard you loud and clear when you said you wanted an easier way to purchase SOMO apparel. We're proud to announce our online SOMO store! We even have limited quantities of a 2020 Virtual Summer Games shirt. Click here to purchase your official shirt or any other SOMO gear!


RULES:

You MUST be a registered SOMO athlete (have an ACTIVE physical on file) to participate. Unified Partners can be family members or staff who do NOT need to have an active Unified Partner form on file.

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.
 
You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:
 
• Wearing the right shoes
• Using the correct equipment
• Drinking lots of water – stay hydrated
• Warming up and stretching properly
• Be aware of your surroundings - exercise in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
• Maintain social distancing rules when exercising.
 
Stop exercising immediately and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:
 
• Discomfort or pain
• Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
• Extreme breathlessness
• A very rapid or irregular heartbeat during exercise.
 


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