LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Special Olympics Missouri will still benefit from the 2020 Lake of the Ozarks Can-Am Police-Fire Games, despite the event’s cancellation due to COVID-19.

Planning for this Olympic-styled event began several years ago, and it was set to take place June 15-21, 2020. However, after completing the process of the cancellations, the Local Planning Board has announced, through the generosity of the Lake's business community, Special Olympics Missouri will receive a donation comprised of a monetary contribution along with additional equipment that can be used for their year-round games.

"Even though 2020 didn’t go as planned, The 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Can-Am Police-Fire Games hosted competitors from 29 U.S. states and 7 other countries, many of which had never visited the Lake before," organizers pointed out in a press release. "Special Olympics Missouri was the 2018 charity partner and received a check for $10,000 at the end of the games. Despite COVID-19 the games were a win-win for Lake of the Ozarks!"

The committee also made a point to recognize those sponsors who had already committed to the 2020 Games prior to the cancellation:

City of Osage Beach, Ameren Missouri, Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks, Tri-County Lodging Association, Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach Police Department, City of Camdenton, Instant Signs and Banners, Lindyspring Water Systems, Facelift Design and Print, Dierbergs, Big Surf, Wal Mart Osage Beach, Osage Beach Rehab & Health, Professional Management Group, HyVee, Oak Star Bank, Ozark Ready Mix, Kapilana Resort, Dam Steel & Supply, Summerset Boat Lifts, First Bank of the Lake, HWY 54 Car Wash, Lake Oasis Convenience Store and Daybreak Rotary. 

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