Virtual State Summer Games

While the 2020 Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games have been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19, the spirit of Special Olympics lives on in our athletes, unified partners, coaches, and volunteers.

In lieu of a traditional State Summer Games, SOMT is inviting you to join us for the first-ever “Virtual” State Summer Games. The event is open to athletes and unified partners and is a great way for you to compete with friends from across Montana. Practice and compete from the safety of your own home, then join SOMT virtually the week of July 20th, 2020 to celebrate the completion of our 2020 Virtual State Summer Games!

We hope you were able to join us for the 2020 Virtual State Summer Games Opening Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2020. If not, the Opening Ceremony will be available for viewing on the Special Olympics Montana Facebook page and YouTube channel…be sure to tune in!

Compete From Home

This competition is a great way for athletes and unified partners to stay active, healthy, and engaged with their peers while competing from home for an eight-week period. Here’s how it will work:

COMPETITION ACTIVITIES: From May 18 until July 17, 2020, SOMT will release competition activities for athletes and unified partners to participate in. Activities will be released over the course of four sessions. A total of four activities will be released for each session, lasting approximately two weeks. Athletes and unified partners can participate in as many activities as they choose. Each activity will have three levels of difficulty to accommodate all ability levels.

SUBMITTING PARTICIPATION RESULTS: Athletes and unified partners are encouraged to practice their chosen activities prior to submitting their participation results. Submissions can be made online or by downloading the participation form and mailing it to the SOMT office (PO Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59403). Participation results will need to be submitted at the conclusion of each session by the due date, whether submitted online or by mail.

Below are the dates activities will be released for each session and the due dates for results submission.

Quarter 2 Events Instructions

Below are written instructions and video examples of each event with all three levels included.

Stretches

50 Yard Dash

Bench Press

Jumps

Ball Putt

Participation Results Submission

Fill out the below participation results form or download the printable form and mail it into our office. Be sure to complete your events before submitting your form!

Online Participation Results Submission

Printable Participation Results Submission

Remember to 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:

– Wearing the right shoes
– Using the correct equipment
– Drinking water and staying hydrated
– Warming up and stretching properly
– Being aware of your surroundings—always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
– Maintaining social distancing rules (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:
– Discomfort or pain
– Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
– Shortness of breath
– A rapid or irregular heartbeat

Submit Your Photos & Videos

We want to see how you are doing and include you in our end of games wrap-up presentation! Submit pictures and videos of you completing the activities on your participation form, email them to us at info@somt.org , or send them to us via Facebook Messenger!

FAQs

What is the duration of the Virtual State Summer Games?

May 18 – July 17, 2020

Who can compete?

Any Special Olympics Montana athlete or unified partner.

What if I do not have access to the internet or a computer? Can I still compete?

Yes, a downloadable version of the participation form will be available for each session. Mail-in submissions must be sent to the SOMT State Office, PO Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59403 by the session due date. The downloadable participation form will also be sent to your Local Program Coordinator.

How do I submit my participation results?

Participation results for each session can be submitted online or with a downloadable version of the participation form that is submitted to the SOMT State Office by the session due date. You can find both above, in the page.

Who am I competing with?

You are competing with athletes and unified partners from across the state of Montana.

Will I receive an award?

Yes, all athletes and unified partners who provide an email address will receive a digital award via email the week of July 20, 2020. Awards will be based on participation. Athletes and unified partners who submitted participation forms by mail will have their digital award emailed to their Local Program Coordinator.

– Gold Certificate – participants complete 75% – 100% of the activities
– Silver Certificate – participants complete 50% – 74% of the activities
– Bronze Certificate – participants complete 25% – 49% of the activities
– Participation Certificate – participants complete 1% to 24% of the activities

What if I normally do not attend the State Summer Games, can I still participate?

Yes, these Virtual State Summer Games are open to any Special Olympics Montana athlete or unified partner.

How do I practice before submitting my participation results?

Most importantly, be safe and maintain social distancing rules while practicing. Practice at home or in a space that allows you to follow the social distancing rules (you must be six feet away from other individuals).

Do I need specific equipment to practice and compete?

No. Some events do require equipment, but most items can be easily found in your home. Please do not go out to the store and purchase equipment. Use what you have and get creative!

Does my Local Program Coordinator or Coach need to know I am competing?

No, but it would be good to let them know, they may want to cheer you on virtually!