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2020 Virtual Summer Games Special olympics Minnesota

In 2020, things look a little different.

As the world reacts to COVID-19, our communities have slowed down as we take steps to fight the pandemic.

We are facing challenges we have never faced before.

As we stay home and practice social distancing, we are facing isolation, loneliness, unemployment and financial hardships.

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But we are not unfamiliar with challenges.

For over 50 years, Special Olympics athletes have shown the world what it means to overcome challenges.

Individuals with intellectual disabilities have long battled the obstacles of isolation, discrimination and exclusion but have made incredible gains for inclusion and equality.

In 2020, this legacy of resilience, bravery and strength is more evident than ever.

Instead of throwing in the towel, Special Olympics Minnesota rose to the occasion.

With the cancellation of the 2020 in-person Summer Games, athletes participated from home in the first ever Virtual Summer Games.

Athletes from all over the state answered the call to keep the spirit of Special Olympics Minnesota alive.

Instead of arenas, we played in driveways.

Instead of gymnasiums, we performed in living rooms.

Instead of stadiums, we competed in backyards.

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It wasn't just our athletes who proved to be resilient...

Every year, thousands of volunteers donate their time to make our events a success.

That support was in full force for Virtual Summer Games, with over 300 volunteers signing up to support our athletes from afar.

Thank you to all of these amazing volunteers!

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THE 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMER GAMES A SUCCESS!

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