MUSCATINE, Iowa—With Special Olympics practices and competitions canceled to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Muscatine athletes have started looking for ways to stay active. Many members want more physical activity, as the Muscatine Community Y has temporarily closed. To help fill this gap, Special Olympics Muscatine Director Jason Miller encourages everyone to participate in the Special Olympics Spring MOVEment.
According to Miller, Special Olympics Iowa will post three challenges each week through the end of May for Special Olympics athletes and community members to participate in on their Stay Healthy With Special Olympics Iowa Facebook page. After registering using a simple form, participants can complete challenges to earn prizes. To enter, participants post photos of themselves completing a challenge in the comments of that challenge’s post.
Miller sees many benefits of participating in the Spring MOVEment challenge for his athletes. “It’s just a really fun, interactive way to engage and stay in touch with everyone,” he said: “My hope is when we come back, we don’t have to make up for as much lost time from the physical or mental aspect this may have on our athletes. I’m seeing several of our athletes from Muscatine joining their friends online from across the state to take part in these challenges, encouraging each other and making some new friends along the way.”
He also thinks these positives will extend to community members who try the activities too. “The challenges are geared for anyone, and you can make them as easy or hard as you’d like the challenge to be,” he emphasized. “It’s just a really fun, interactive way to stay active and engaged all while still practicing social distance,” he added. Miller also noted the page included professional tips and work out videos that the community can learn from as well.