The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly thrown a monkey wrench into a lot of peoples' plans. Restaurants have been forced to rely on to-go orders, concerts have been canceled, and countless other events have been put on the backburner. However, The Colorado Special Olympics will still be held this year, but instead of the traditional in-person games and ceremonies, they will all be held virtually.

The Colorado Special Olympics showcases the talents of athletes with ailments such as down syndrome, autism, and others. And while it was uncertain as to whether this year's games would happen or not, the organization has found a way to continue the tradition despite the struggles that we've experienced in 2020.

The games kicked off yesterday and will continue throughout the week, but instead of being on the track, in the pool, or in the gym, the athletes are competing from the comfort of their homes.

For example, swimming competitions are taking place not in the pool, but in the athletes' homes, with the swimmers documenting themselves via video mimicking their swim routines then submitting them to the Colorado Special Olympics committee to be judged.

The opening ceremonies took place last night, virtually, and the awards will be given out along with closing ceremonies taking place in a similar fashion this Friday, June 26th.

While it is unfortunate that this year's Special Olympics has to be held in this fashion, it's also really nice to see that because of today's technology, they are still able to take place at all. You can catch all of the action on the Special Olympics Colorado YouTube channel.

[KJCT]

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