Special Olympics Wyoming activities suspended

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Recently due to COVID-19, Special Olympics of Wyoming have suspended all activity through the end of May.

Their summer games that were supposed to take place in April in Gillette have been canceled.

"One of the first victims or people to be diagnosed in Nebraska was a Special Olympics athlete which brought it quite close to home for us," said Priscilla Dowse CEO and President of Special Olympics Wyoming.
"We know that our population for the most part is healthy, they are physically active but we also have the increased number of athletes that have immune deficiencies and compromised immune systems so that was a safety thing."

During the shutdown they still want their local volunteers to reach out to the athletes, even by phone call, to keep them engaged. They are also providing tips and resources for at home workouts that the athletes can do.

"Our greatest program is fit five which has five components including diet, exercise and staying informed so we are stating to work with our athletes maybe to the share what their progress is what they are doing at home," said Dowse.

The summer games that were set to take place in April will not be rescheduled but they are looking to add another sport onto their summer sports classic and fall tournament.

"So we think we can add a sport easily just for this year so we don't miss out on all of that," said Dowse.

Both of the summer sports classic and fall tournament will take place in Casper.