Sports and Competitions
2021 WINTER GAMES
The Winter Games Virtual Sports Season is here!
There will be a Winter Season Virtual Celebration starting with an Opening Ceremonies and dance on Friday, March 26 followed by highlights and videos of the athletes that participated on Saturday, March 27. All athletes will receive a commemorative participation ribbon.
- What - Based off the concept from the popular children’s book series, Flat Stanley, athletes and their families/caregivers within the same household are encouraged to visit Connecticut parks, hiking trails or local landmarks with a cutout picture of Beau. Athletes should complete a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes of exercise and take their picture with “Beau”. Photos should be submitted to SOCT via Google registration and will be highlighted on our social media platforms using the #beauonthego. We can’t wait to see where Beau goes!
- When – January 22nd until March 17th
- Where – State Parks, local athletic tracks, and local landmarks (any safe location that will get you outside)
- And here’s BEAU – Print him out and get creative!!!
Register HERE - (You will need to register each time you want to upload a new Picture)
- At this time athletes should only be participating with persons from their household or designated caregivers/staff. No groups or coaches working with teams.
- Safe sites only - no steep rocks, frozen ponds, private property, or crowded locations.
- Covid protocols to be observed including social distancing and mask wearing.
- Only appropriate and respectful photos allowed. Anything deemed inappropriate will not be posted.
- What - Special Olympics Connecticut has partnered with Mission Control, a platform for recreational E-sports. Athletes will register to play on either a traditional or Unified team. They can accommodate 1 to 3 players per team. Our first league will feature the game, Rocket League. This is a soccer game played with cars. Rocket League can be played across all platforms so that you are able to play whether you have a Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch or computer.
- When – January to March
Register HERE and Dave Pellino will be in touch with more Info!
Snowshoe, Cross-Country Skiing, and Alpine Skiing
- What - Athletes and their families/caregivers within the same household can snowshoe, cross-country ski, or downhill ski and submit a description of where they are as well as a photo using the Google registration form. All participants will be highlighted during our Winter Season Virtual Celebration.
Register HERE – Registration is due by March 10th
Virtual Dance Competition featuring Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance!
How it will work:
- A pre-recorded version of the 30 second dance will be available for view on our website. A link to the music will also be included.
- There will be four (4) practices for each type of dance offered via Zoom.
Hip Hop Will be on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Contemporary will be on Fridays at 6 p.m.
These 20-30 minute virtual practices will allow a chance for the teacher to help modify the dance if needed and/or give advice and pointers to our athletes. Athletes are also encourage to practice the dance routine on their own.
The athlete participating in the competition will have someone record them doing their dance routine and submit the video to Special Olympics CT, using Google forms. (Link and registration deadline to come.)
All athletes who submit a video will be featured on Special Olympics CT's social media platforms during the 2021 Winter Games Virtual Celebration.
To view the Hip Hop dance routine video, CLICK HERE.
To register for the Zoom dance practices, please click on the link(s) below:
Virtual Hip Hop Dance practices will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m., February 15th March 8th
Virtual Contemporary Dance practices will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m., February 19th - March 12th
To view the video of the Contemporary Dance Routine, click HERE.
SOCTFit5 Fitness Challenge
The six-week Challenge will be offered through the SOCTFit5 Facebook Group page and is set to kick off on Monday, January 25th. This will be our fourth virtual Fitness Challenge to motivate athletes to stay active at home.
1. Become a member of the SOCTFit5 Facebook Group HERE.
3. Submit your Fit5 tracker results weekly to receive a prize at the end of the Challenge.
You may also participate by receiving our Health and Wellness weekly e-newsletter in your inbox! The newsletter will allow you to access the fitness activities shared on the SOCTFit5 Facebook page. To sign up, email us at [email protected]
This Fitness Challenge is a Special Olympics CT Virtual Winter Games activity.
Watch our 2020 Unified Sports Holiday Classic Virtual Celebration Compilation Video HERE.
74 Local Programs • 26 Olympic-Type Sports • 4 State Games • Sports Training and Competitions All Year Round
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. It also offers Special Olympics Unified Sports® which teams up athletes with intellectual disabilities and their peers without disabilities, known as Unified partners, to play sports. Participants train for 8 to 12 weeks prior to a state competition. This training is offered through our Local Programs.