Connect & Compete

Calling all athletes, Unified partners, family members and coaches! Join us for our Virtual Winter Games. Although we can’t gather in person, you can still train and compete from your living room, back yard or local park!

Athletes Get Started

HOW IT WORKS

Competitions will be offered in the Winter Wellness Cup, Fitness Heptathlon and E-Gaming. Compete in up to all three events, go for your personal best, then submit your results online! If you need a virtual Unified partner or a virtual coach, you can request one when you sign up.

Schedule of Events

All Times are Pacific (PT)
Virtual Winter Games Opening Ceremony
6:00pm on Facebook
E-Gaming Championship

TEAM COLORS DAY
Wear your favorite team colors. Make it more fun by creating a wacky outfit in your school’s colors!
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TEAM COLORS DAY
Wear your favorite team colors. Make it more fun by creating a wacky outfit in your school’s colors!



Wear your favorite team colors. Make it more fun by creating a wacky outfit in your school’s colors!

HERO DAY
Dress up as your favorite superhero!
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HERO DAY
Dress up as your favorite superhero!



Dress up as your favorite superhero!

WINTER GEAR DAY
Go outside, show some swag, then go on a walk.
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WINTER GEAR DAY
Go outside, show some swag, then go on a walk.
1:00 p.m.
E-Gaming Awards Ceremony on Facebook
Go outside, show some swag, then go on a walk.

MOVIE DAY
Dress up in the theme of your favorite movie or recreate your favorite movie scene.
Spirit Theme
MOVIE DAY
Dress up in the theme of your favorite movie or recreate your favorite movie scene.
1:00 p.m.
Winter Wellness Cup Awards Ceremony on Facebook
Dress up in the theme of your favorite movie or recreate your favorite movie scene.
Spirit Theme
Spirit Theme
CHILL OUT DAY
Show us how you spend a relaxing day.
1:00 p.m.
Fitness Heptathlon Awards Ceremony on Facebook
7:00 p.m.
Closing
Ceremonies
& Game Night
Celebrate the conclusion of the Virtual Winter Games and enjoy an interactive game night with other athletes!

CHILL OUT DAY
Show us how you spend a relaxing day.
Spirit Theme
CHILL OUT DAY
Show us how you spend a relaxing day.
Show us how you spend a relaxing day.
1:00 p.m.
Fitness Heptathlon Awards Ceremony on Facebook
7:00 p.m.
Closing
Ceremonies
& Game Night
Celebrate the conclusion of the Virtual Winter Games and enjoy an interactive game night with other athletes!

Use the Official Hashtag to Connect with Us!
#SOWAVirtualGames

Thank you to our Youth Leadership Experience team for leading the charge on Spirit Week! Are you a high school student and want to be a trailblazer for the #InclusionRevolution? Learn how you can get involved with the Virtual Winter Games here.

LEARN MORE

Pick up a new skill, learn about issues impacting individuals with ID and connect with other athletes while earning Winter Wellness Cup bonus points! All workshops are FREE, but require registration.

LEARN MORE

Tune in to Facebook Live at 1:00 p.m. PT for our virtual awards ceremonies. Final results will be posted here at the conclusion of each ceremony.

WINTER WELLNESS CUP

Coming March 18

FITNESS HEPTATHLON

Coming March 19

E-GAMING

Coming March 17

Support the athletes

Here are a few ways you can get involved and support the athletes and the 2021 Virtual Winter Games!

Volunteer

Learn how you can support and encourage athletes during the Virtual Winter Games here.

Volunteer

Make a Video

Be a Virtual Fan in the Stands! Submit a video on Flipgrid below to cheer on the athletes!

Donate

Don’t sit on the sidelines. Your donation enables us to continue to provide much-needed at-home fitness and health programs, mental health support and community building.

Donate
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FAQ

You do not need to qualify to participate. Simply sign up here to let us know you’ll be competing. If you have questions about participating, please call our Athlete Hotline: (206) 681-9378.
Not at all. While it is more fun to train with a team and a coach – even if teams can’t be together in person – you can sign up on your own. If you'd like to request a virtual Unified partner or a virtual coach, you can do so when you sign up.
Since the Virtual Winter Games are not like our traditional regional or state competitions, we will not be awarding medals. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion, as well as an incentive for competing in the games.
Check the Fitness Heptathlon and Winter Wellness Cup sections for information on necessary equipment and contact your coach or call the Athlete Hotline at (206) 681-9378) for help. E-gaming, athletes and Unified partners will need to provide their own gaming console as well as have Internet access.
We will not be requiring a current medical form for the Virtual Winter Games. A medical form will still be required for in-person participation. If you would like to update your Medical Form, please use the updated form or call the Athlete Hotline: (206)-681-9378 to ask for a copy to be mailed to you.
Complete an incident report form and send it to your coach, Area Director, or Special Olympics Washington staff for submission. Or call the Athlete Hotline: (206)-681-9378.
In-person practices are currently suspended. Special Olympics Washington is working with the CDC and the State of Washington to update our return to play protocols. Contact your coach or Area Leadership Team with questions or concerns.
Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from around the country and around the world are invited to join us for the Fitness Heptathlon and Winter Wellness Cup. The e-gaming competition is only open to athletes in Washington.
Only athletes within Washington State will be able to request a virtual coach and/or Unified partner.
Starting the week of January 18, we are hosting weekly “office hours” for each of these events where you can drop in and get answers to your questions. Please see our Events Calendar for dates, times and Zoom login information. Or call the Athlete Hotline: (206)-681-9378.

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