COVID-19 Information & Resources
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We are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide resources and programming to support prevention and promote the health, safety, well-being, and engagement of the Special Olympics community as in-person events are postponed and while physical distancing is required. See below for a list of resources that we have created and shared with Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and more around the world.
INCLUSIVE HEALTH IN ACTION
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People with intellectual disabilities die 16 years earlier on average than those without. They are at increased risk of respiratory disease, pneumonia, and death from the flu. They are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Sign the inclusion pledge to show your commitment to #InclusiveHealth
Healthcare for All
Over 80% of healthcare providers are not professionally trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Yet, people with ID are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID19. Learn more.
In the News
Dr. Alicia Bazzano speaking from her home.
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, was recently interviewed on QuickTake by Bloomberg, a global network delivering breaking news and trends.
Dental exam at Healthy Athletes screening during the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Why Inclusive Health Matters More Than Ever
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Sofia Storling and Cyril Lamalle celebrate at the medal ceremony for the Alpine Skiing competition.
Could World Health Day 2020 mark a milestone in global health history? Perhaps, but not in the way that one might immediately imagine.
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Healthy and Fitness
Special Olympics latest news and frequently asked questions
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What is the coronavirus, what are the symptoms, how does it spread, and how you can protect yourself?
Fitness
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Introducing a whole new way to exercise, featuring WWE Superstar Becky Lynch. Work out with these videos five times a week to help you stay fit and reach your athletic goals.
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Fit 5 and Fitness Cards have been valuable resources for Programs looking to expand their fitness programming and initiatives.
Practice may have been cancelled due to Coronavirus, but you can stay fit and ready for when practice starts again! Fit 5 and Fitness Cards can help our athletes to keep on track.
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Staying Fit at Home can be FUN with BINGO! The board is filled with links to workouts and other exciting activities. Each week, we challenge you to fill out the ENTIRE board and have fun while doing it.
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Strong Minds
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Spend 5 minutes every day from April 20 – May 17 practicing a Strong Minds stress reducing technique.
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Proper Hand Washing Techniques
Special Olympics athletes have skills and abilities beyond sports. In a new Expert Tip video series, athletes share their know-how on a range of helpful and popular topics.
Fun Activities
Bobby Jones hand drawn basketball illustration.
Special Olympics Maryland athlete, Robert Jones has a passion for art and design and uses his artistic ability to represent Special Olympics in various ways.
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Hanna Joy Atkinson dancing in her living room.
Hanna Joy Atkinson, a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger from Colorado, shares these tips to have fun and keep busy while indoors.
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Six people on a set standing around a table with food.
Los Angeles-based Unified Schools teammates, Diego Salazar and Iantha Kahn, served up some savory salads with Mara Sampo’ and Chef Massimo Denaro from Sfixio in Beverly Hills during the “Special Olympics Live” stream-a-thon.
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Robert Jones sitting at his desk giving a presentation.
Looking for a way to bring your black and white illustrations to life? In this video, Bobby Jones, Special Olympics Virginia, demonstrates how to color in pictures using Adobe Illustrator.
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Loretta finger weaving a friendship bracelet.
Loretta Claiborne is the Vice Chair of the Special Olympics Board of Directors and athlete from Pennsylvania. In this expert tip video, she demonstrates how to make a friendship bracelet.
Learn more about Young Athletes
Fun and engaging flashcards featuring each of the individual activities and at home equipment modifications for families to use at home to run Young Athletes.
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Guide for families and caregivers on how to run Young Athletes activities at home.
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Videos demonstrating the individual Young Athletes activities.
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Coach Greg from Special Olympics New Jersey staging in a living room wearing a yellow Special Olympics Young Athletes t-shirt.
Young Athletes provides children, ages 2 – 7, with fun and engaging activities to stay fit and healthy. This is especially important while spending so much time indoors due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
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If you are a Special Olympics coach, family member, athlete leader or youth leader, click here to learn more about resources we have created to help you during the crisis.