Special Olympics of Oregon cancels 2018 state games

Special Olympics Oregon held its competition at Oregon State University’s sports complex and Corvallis High School’s track on Saturday. The athletes competed in golf, softball, track & field, wheel chair races and bocce. Photo by Abigail Winn, Oregon News Lab

Special Olympics of Oregon announced Monday they're suspending this year's state games competitions due to budget shortfalls.

Chief Executive Officer Britt Carlson Oase announced the suspension in a Facebook video. She says a board meeting earlier this month led to a financial analysis of the organization, noting a revenue shortfall and existing debt.

According to Carlson Oase, the group will now focus instead on local and school-based programs throughout the year, as this will set the group up for "long-term sustainability."

“We have searched for every possible scenario that paints a better picture, but this is where we are,” Oase said. "It is important that Special Olympics Oregon be a good community partner to all stakeholders, including our athletes and their families, volunteers, schools, the many supporters we have in law enforcement, the corporate community, donors and vendors. Currently, we don't have the funds available to pay for services we have used in the past, hindering our ability to carry out our 2018 schedule as planned.”

Read more about the decision here.

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