Although the 2020 Summer Sports Classic has been canceled due to COVID-19, its spirit lives on through our athletes, Unified partners, coaches and volunteers.

This year, please join us for Virtual Summer Sports Classic! This event is open to everyone and is a safe way to compete against your friends and peers from across the state. Train and compete from home, the tennis court, golf course or horse stable and then celebrate your accomplishments online Wednesday, August 5.

2020 VIRTUAL SUMMER SPORTS CLASSIC
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COMPETE FROM HOME

This competition is a safe way for athletes, Young Athletes/partners, Unified partners and coaches to keep the spirit of Special Olympics Minnesota alive by competing against each other from home! Here’s how it works:

  1. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITIES! Check out all the equestrian, fitness, golf and tennis activities
  2. PRACTICE! You can practice starting July 6 for as many events as you want. Keep track of your scores as you go. You have until Monday, July 27 to practice and submit your results. (Special Olympics Minnesota will host Zoom calls with your delegation on practice ideas and registration questions, we’ll reach out to delegations in July)
  3. SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS! Practice all your events first and keep track of your scores as you go. Fill out this form once you’re done practicing all your events. Submit your best scores for any or all events. You can also submit a video of yourself practicing, or a recording of an encouraging message to share!  The results form will be available for submitting results on Wednesday, July 15. All qualifying scores from practice are due by Monday, July 27.

Note: In order to follow social distancing requirements, you should practice and compete in these activities on your own at home; however, if a golf course, tennis court or stable is open and you choose to go there, you can do so as long as you follow state and federal social distancing guidelines. No team practices, individual training sessions with coaches or in person team events are allowed at this time. Virtual practice sessions with your team through social media, texts or emails are allowed and encouraged! Coaches can still help virtually with explaining practice activities, collecting and submitting scores, and cheering you on.

If you need help or don’t have access to a computer, ask your parent, staff person or coach to help.

Athletes & Coaches: Do you have someone who doesn’t have access to internet but would still like to be a part of Virtual Summer Sports Classic? If you’re willing and able to do so safely, please get a printable version of the program to your athletes so they can participate and record their results without needed internet or computer access.

Have other questions or need help submitting your results? Contact us at [email protected].

CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITIES

Click an icon below to see what events are offered.

FAQS

Practice begins on Monday, July 6, 2020. The results form will be available for submitting results on Wednesday, July 15. Make sure to submit your results before Monday, July 27.

Anyone who is currently registered as SOMN athlete, Young Athlete/partner, Unified partner, coach or Head of Delegation.

Yes! If you’re willing and able to do so safely, please get a printable version of the program to your athletes so they can participate and record their results without needing internet or computer access. Print one copy per athlete. After they have competed and recorded their results, you can retrieve and submit their results for them using the online form. Doing this for your athletes would be going above and beyond. Please only do this if you’re able to deliver and retrieve the papers safely.

YES!  This is open to anyone that is interested and is currently registered as SOMN athlete, Young Athlete/partner, Unified partner, coach or Head of Delegation.

You’re competing against everyone in the state during the practice season. We’ll division everyone based on their role as an athlete, Young Athlete/partner, Unified partner or coach as well as their age and results.

Our top priority is everyone’s safety. In order to follow social distancing requirements, you should practice and compete in these activities on your own at home; however, if a golf course, tennis court or stable are open and you choose to go there, you can do so as long as you follow state and federal guidelines. No team practices, individual training sessions with coaches or in-person team events are allowed at this time. Virtual practice sessions with your team through social media, texts or emails are allowed and encouraged.

Many events don’t require any equipment. Golf events require clubs, but you may choose to use a different ball if a golf ball isn’t suitable. Tennis events require a racket, but you may choose to use any ball; it doesn’t need to be an actual tennis ball.

No, but it would be great if you let them know—they might like to cheer you on virtually!

Please keep track of your practice scores. Visit the Equestrian, Fitness, Golf and Tennis pages to see what specific scores to track for each activity and how to submit them from home. You can participate in all events or just choose your favorites.

No. We understand that everyone is doing their best and that everyone’s at home event set up is different than others’. We’re more interested in everyone participating and giving their honest effort and attempt. The priority is participation, not disqualification.

You can submit your results online. It’s open to anyone who is currently registered as SOMN athlete, Young Athlete/partner, Unified partner, coach or Head of Delegation.

Submit your events and practice scores in the results link at the top of the page.

Yes! You’ll get a digital award in an email the week after Virtual Summer Sports Classic on Wednesday, August 5.

As results come in, we enter them into our competition system. Contact [email protected] to see who is participating from your delegation.

STAY SAFE

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:

  1. wearing the right shoes
  2. using the correct equipment
  3. drinking water and staying hydrated
  4. warming up and stretching properly
  5. being aware of your surroundings—always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  6. maintaining social distancing rules (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  1. discomfort or pain
  2. chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  3. shortness of breath
  4. a rapid or irregular heartbeat