MODIFIED Dream Ride Experience
to Benefit Special Olympics and
The Hometown Foundation,
August 20-22, 2020
To all Special Olympic Connecticut Athletes
The decision has been made by the Hometown Foundation to host a “Modified Dream Ride Weekend” to be held 8/20-8/22. However, the 20th anniversary celebration will not be held until Dream Ride 2021.
With that said, the following elements will NOT be a part of this year’s event:
- Hotel accommodations or transportation
- Main tent and entertainment
- Athlete registration
- Carnival or large production elements
- Chili cook-off or dream cruise
- Participation from other countries or states
Special Olympics Connecticut will be selecting a limited number of athletes to participate in certain elements of the weekend while adhering to all SOI’s protocols and guidelines, which include:
Groups no larger than 50 individuals, which includes 1 chaperone per athlete and SOCT staff. We are estimating we will be able to select 22 athletes to attend each element of the modified dream ride weekend. Athletes can only choose one in order to allow for the maximum number of athletes to enjoy the experience.
All athletes, chaperones and staff will have to go through a screening process on-site which includes:
- Temperature taking
- Screening questions
In addition, our athlete group will be required to comply with the following guidelines:
- The group must stay together – they will not be able to mingle with other spectators
- All athletes/chaperones/staff will have to wear a mask and practice social distancing
SOCT will follow the SOI protocols for selecting athletes:
Athletes in high risk categories will not be selected to attend the event this year in order to keep them and those around them safe. Please refer to the information below and a list of high risk categories.
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be at higher risk of severe illness resulting in death from COVID-19.
Current clinical guidance and information from the U.S. CDC lists those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as
• People 65 years and older
• People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility (like a congregate or group home)
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, are also at high risk:
• People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
• People who have serious heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy)
• People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
• People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher). To calculate BMI, refer to:
• People with diabetes
• People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
• People with liver disease
• People with brain and spinal cord disorders (like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke)
If you are at a high risk, you may be putting yourself at risk when you return to activities with Special Olympics. But, you may also put at risk your family and your teammates.
We understand the love our athletes have for the Dream Ride event and the difficult time they have all been going through the past several months. However, what is first and foremost in our minds is the safety and well-being of our athletes and complying with SOI guidelines.
Dream Ride is not a Special Olympics event, therefore we cannot mandate that you not attend. If you are not one of the selected athletes and choose to attend any part of the event, you will not be turned away but you will be “on your own” and will not be able to mingle with the group of athletes that are attending via the selection process or participate in the athlete activities. Most importantly you will not be covered under Special Olympics International Insurance.
Below are the activities and groups that an athlete can request to participate in, keeping in mind they can only choose one.
Friday night – August 20
Drive-In Movie at the Farmington Polo Grounds (movie TBD)
5 pm Gates Open
7 pm Movie
Athletes will remain in their cars for the movie
All participants will be parked together
No charge for anyone in the car that is attending
Saturday – August 21
8 am – 1 pm
Athletes will have the opportunity to play in a corn hole tournament and do a Zumba class
We believe breakfast and lunch will be included for athletes
Saturday – August 21
Polo match and dinner
3 pm until conclusion of dinner
Athletes/chaperones will be seated 4 to a table, with tables 6ft apart from each other and general public
Sunday – August 22
Car Show and Motorcycle Ride
10 am – 2 pm
Athletes/chaperones will be able to view the cars on the grounds and possible go into pet adoption and vendor village but that is still being worked out.
Again, all of the above groups will have to stay together, they will not be able to go off on their own.
If you have an athlete that is interested in attending one of these activities, please contact Lisa Carlone at [email protected] or, if don’t have email call at 203-231-1201 ext. 231 no later than July 31 and provide the athlete name and which activity/group they would like to participate in during the weekend. You will be notified by August 7 if you have been selected to participate.
Please note we are working remotely so the best form of communication is email. All updates and information will be provided via email to participants whenever possible.
We realize that this is not the ideal situation for anyone and we have worked hard at trying to come up with a plan where as many athletes as possible would be able to experience some part of the event. We are asking for cooperation from everyone in order to make sure that we are adhering to all guidelines and keeping our athletes, chaperones and staff safe.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].