Frequently asked questions about SPT Programs during COVID-19 “UPDATED INFORMATION”

 

(as of June 15, 2020)

When will SPT training sites resume practice?

As we continue to comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and government mandates, there does seem to be some positive steps being made to give us hope for some of the upcoming SPT events and training. For now we will continue to monitor and update the calendar and distribute information as final decisions are made. A factor is also the availability of venues and venue-mandated restrictions that may require SPT to adjust accordingly to comply with those requirements.

Do you have any suggestions for “stay home” activities that will help keep me ready for tennis?

SPT suggests that you try to remain active physically and mentally during this downtime. Physically you may wish to do some light calisthenics like arm circles, sky reaches, leg stretches, toe touches, and even a light walk around your house. Mentally you may want to work a jigsaw puzzle, play tic-tac-toe, bingo or other board games that make you think and laugh. It is also suggested with the warmer weather to take short walks, if permissible. A reminder —- when exercising be sure to drink plenty of water!

How do we stay connected with SPT announcements and updates?

There are three ways to receive updates and announcements:

Will Special Pops Tennis Fall Classic be held as scheduled?

For now the plans remain in place for the Fall Classic to be held on September 25th – 27th. A final decision has not been made to determine if the event will be adjusted to comply with local guidelines. For now we will continue to monitor and seek guidance on best approach to accommodate the event based on local restrictions. We will continue to update the calendar and distribute information as final decisions are made

Even though SPT programs are not in session, should we go ahead getting our athlete’s current medical examination form for eligibility?

You should plan to schedule a doctor’s appointment when a physician is seeing patients again. We encourage you to get a current medical form completed when you feel it is safe to do so. Remember, your athlete’s medical form is valid, in most cases, for a period of three years.

We have been responsible in our spending and have a strong relationship with our sponsors and donors. As we approach the summer months, we’ll be in one of our major fundraising seasons for SPT. We’ll be asking for sponsorships and donations like always. Your help at that time will be needed and greatly appreciated. In the meantime, please make a donation as you regularly would.

Should I complete the paperwork to become an eligible Unified Partner for SPT?

If time is available for you to do so, this may be a good time to complete that paperwork. You are only required to complete the Volunteer Profile Form once. It may be completed online and submitted to the Special Olympics Georgia state office.

Will we have the SPT SPUD League in 2020?

While there has been no final decision on this program, it will largely depend on the recommendation and advice from the CDC and local authorities. For now, we remain hopeful that the 2020 SPT SPUD League and the 2020 SPUD Championships in Belton, South Carolina will be held.

Is there a possibility that a local special event will be hosted by SPT later this year?

There are currently no plans for a special event. Depending upon the advice of the local advisory group and local authorities, SPT will strive to hopes to host a fun event for effort our athletes and volunteers to attend and re-connect before the end of the year

Does SPT remain financial stability?

While our major fundraising seasons for SPT has been delayed and potentially cancelled, we remain stable and carefully monitor where our funds are expended. We continue to meet all our obligations and later this year we may be asking for sponsorships and donations like always. Your help at that time will be needed and greatly appreciated. In the meantime, please make a donation as you regularly would.

As you have other questions, please contact us. Other people may have same question.

In closing remain diligent in your commitment to keep yourself and those around you safe, healthy, and happy. Remember what we do at SPT is Play Tennis; Make Friends; Live Life! And we want you to be there when all the action is resumed. We look forward to again seeing you on the courts!

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