When you work with a team of people at a sports organization, people who were and still are athletes, your daily conversation is filled with sports terminology. A couple months ago my staff and I were talking about the impact of Covid on our organization. Victoria, our Director of Health and Wellness, stated that we should consider this a REBUILDING YEAR.
You hear the term “rebuilding year” all the time if you watch intercollegiate and professional sports. Generally, rebuilding years are characterized by change- an influx of young players in key positions, playing opponents who are knowingly more skilled, in order for young players to grow. It’s about implementing strategies and overcoming challenges now for a greater success later.
When I spoke with my staff about the impact of Covid on our organization, we agreed that even though Special Olympics athletes may not be training and competing “as usual,” we needed to create ways to help keep our athletes engaged and training. We needed to challenge them as they sheltered in place with ways to work on their fitness and overall health. We needed to create social media videos to help them develop and maintain their sports skills. We needed to find ways for them to set goals, reach goals, and celebrate their accomplishments.
My thoughts today are: We needed a rebuilding year, and once the Special Olympics New Mexico community can be together again we will be ready. We will be better and stronger because of the challenges we faced. I’m glad we’re rebuilding, and we are all deeply grateful to those who are helping us along the way.
Pictured: Special Olympics New Mexico athlete James Keefner training at home