Special Olympics Ontario School Championships draws to a close online

The results of the province’s first Special Olympics Ontario Virtual School Championships are in. Over the course of the next three days, June 16-18, 2020, athletes and supporters will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of virtual wrap-up events, which can be found on the Virtual Games website.

For the first two weeks of June, student-athletes, ages 13 to 21 with and without an intellectual disability, had an opportunity to participate in the first ever Special Olympics Ontario Virtual School Championships, hosted by the Kingston Police and Special Olympics Ontario. The events were held virtually as a means of carrying out the annual events and celebrations in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These virtual online celebrations are a way to acknowledge the athletes participation, and provide them an opportunity to connect virtually with other fellow athletes across the country,” said the Kingston Police in a statement. 

Kingston Police invites everyone to tune into the Opening Ceremony, tonight, Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, live on the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships Facebook page.

The closing awards ceremony celebrations will take place on Thursday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

“We are honoured to have been able to host these Games virtually, marking the first Virtual Games for Special Olympics Ontario. We look forward to the day we can host in our beautiful city of Kingston,” said School Championships Games Manager and Kingston Police Staff Sergeant Jody Armstrong.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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