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Special Olympics Delaware cancels events due to coronavirus

Delaware News Desk
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Due to recent developments tied to the global spread of the coronavirus and the heightened risks for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly, Special Olympics Delaware is suspending all sport training and competition activities and other activations involving its athletes, including practices, Athlete Leadership, socials or end of season parties, through March 31, at which time the situation will be reevaluated, the organization announced March 11.

“This decision was made carefully based on advice received from Special Olympics Inc. after they consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reviewed the latest guidance from the World Health Organization,” said Special Olympics Delaware Executive Director Ann Grunert in a press release. “Unfortunately, this decision does mean that the State Basketball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, March 28 is canceled and will not be rescheduled.”

“While canceling events is truly disappointing for athletes who have trained for months to compete – as well as for the coaches, volunteers, family, friends and our staff and board who support them and look forward to cheering for them – we know that our love of sport doesn’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of all involved,” continued Grunert.

Coaches Clinics being conducted in the month of March remain on schedule, since athletes are not involved. Because school partners primarily manage Unified Champion School events, the organization will work collaboratively with them to evaluate school-based UCS activities.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this constantly changing environment and strive to make the best possible decisions with the safety and well-being of our athletes and all constituents at the forefront,” closed Grunert.