UPDATED: Special Olympics Dare County cancels all practices and events

Special Olympics Dare County has now canceled all practices and events through mid-May.

Due to recent developments, including N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s most recent announcement on March 12, Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) has decided to extend this decision to cancel all events and practices through May 15.

There are several outside organizations and host facilities that have already determined that local spring games are cancelled and we anticipate more to come. Additionally, the availability of volunteer groups is questionable as many civic groups, churches, companies, etc. are advising their members against being in large groups.

There are also fundraising initiatives that are questionable which will inevitably impact local funding on some level. All of these factors have contributed to the decision.

A decision regarding the state-level Summer Games will be made by March 20.

“We fully acknowledge that athletes will not be in a position to train and prepare for the SONC Summer Games. We are, however, spending more time looking at our options and will be consulting with the SONC Board next week before making a final decision,” the organization said in a statement.

“We are all extremely disappointed to be in a position where we cannot offer every opportunity possible to athletes across the state but this decision is of course based on the current circumstances and again, with everyone’s health and well-being at the forefront.”

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