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Special Olympics Texas introduced their athletes and members of community to new opportunities to stay connected

This digital platform allows for virtual socialization, physical activity, nutrition guidance, and other extracurricular activities to be shared via video.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Special Olympics Texas has introduced their athletes and members of the community to new opportunities for connecting with one another throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Some of the athletes from the Special Olympics train all year for the athletic competitions, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have been postponed.

Officials from Special Olympics Texas wanted to come up with a way fro their athletes to stay connected with one another and remain active daily. 

"I just wanted to fill you in on what Special Olympics Texas is doing to keep our athletes and communities in which they reside connected in this time of social distancing protocol," said Serita Porter, Area Director of Special Olympics Texas.

"With that said, within a week's time, S.O. Connected, a virtual engagement platform has been constructed and was launched this morning via social media pathways and email for our athletes and followers," added Porter.

This platform allows for virtual socialization, physical activity, nutrition guidance and acknowledgment, and other extracurricular activities to be shared via video, according to Serita. 

The "Opening Ceremonies" is a video from Day 1 from S.O. Connected, and you can also find the instructional video to set up the Flipagram App in which the S.O. Connected platform operates. 

 Area Director, Serita Porter, and other staff members from Special Olympics Texas host different challenges every week such as virtual runs, a tennis challenge, and other fun events that area athletes can take pictures and videos of themselves participating in to send via the Flipgrid app.

The Special Olympics South Texas organizers say the community is also encouraged to share videos and photos via the S.O. Connected platform, the Flipgrid app, as a means to have fun and stay engaged with friends and family, while practicing social distancing.

For more information on the Special Olympics Texas, visit their website or Facebook page

Day 1 Sample:

Here are all the daily scheduled challenges. The schedule referenced was released on Day 1:

  • 10:00 AM - S.O. Connected Fitness Challenge Flipcode: active2020
  • 12:00 PM - S.O. Connected Extracurricular Challenge & S.O. Connected Nutrition Challenge Flipcode (Extracurricular): extra2020
  • 2:00 PM - S.O. Connected Nutrition Challenge Flip Code: nutrition2020
  • 4:00 PM - S.O. Connected Fitness Challenge Flip Code: active2020
  • 6:00 PM - S.O Connected Extracurricular Challenge Flipcode: extra2020

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