Special Olympics Northern California has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming competitions, practices, and Healthy Athletes events through March 31, 2020, due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19.
Your health and safety are our top priorities. We have followed the recommended precautions at previous competitions and events; we communicated the most current recommendations to all participants. Due to this evolving situation and considering the advice of Special Olympics, Inc., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all winter sports events, Healthy Athletes events, and spring sports practices are canceled through March 31, 2020, or until further information is shared.
We know that our athletes train very hard to participate in competitions. These decisions are very disappointing for everyone, including the families, fans, volunteers, staff, and board members who support the athletes and look forward to cheering for them.
We will do our best to keep all of you informed as news about the coronavirus develops. Updates will be posted by us on our websites, www.sonc.org as well as on our Northern California Facebook page. Also, the information will be communicated by our sports staff to our Area Directors, Coaches, and volunteers, in both states, for all effected Special Olympics events. We will continue to provide regular updates, including the status of resuming future practices and competitions in April 2020.
Thank you all for your ongoing dedication to, and support of, our Special Olympics programming.
David L. Solo
President & CEO, Special Olympics Northern California