Dear Parents & Players,
We wanted you to know that all of us at Olympiacos Chicago hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during this challenging time. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation, especially as it impacts the well-being of our players and employees. By now you have probably received tons of information on COVID-19 but most importantly you have been briefed through various local and federal media channels and are aware of the very important steps that we need to be exercising as a community to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. We, on our end, wanted to reach out to our Olympiacos Family to give you an update on where we stand with our COVID-19 decision and the importance of conforming to what the health experts are telling us.
Olympiacos Chicago is suspending all its soccer related activities until the end of March 2020.
HEALTH INFORMATION LINKS
Illinois Government: Stay At Home FAQS
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days To Slow The Spread
PLAYER STAY-AT-HOME RECOMMENDATIONS
- Please eat healthy and be careful with your diet to avoid excess weight but most importantly your well-being.
- It would be very beneficial to do daily exercises at home (without a soccer ball). Please perform the exercises carefully to avoid injuries.
- Players with a back-yard at home can train with a soccer ball performing all the normal exercises from our training sessions. You can also use the outside walls (no windows) which is a very good way to practice your technical abilities.
- Players can also go running / walking / cycling etc with a parent in OPEN SPACES where there is minimal people contact.
- Please DO NOT watch too much TV or use electronic devices for too long – Parents please put time limits per day.
Staying indoors is more important now than ever due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and finding fun things to do while staying safe and healthy is key. With Olympiacos Chicago, schools and gyms closed for the time being, there are plenty of indoor activities for kids and adults that can be done at home. Here’s some recommended gear that you can use while training at home! This gear is great to have at home all the time (and not just for this COVID-19 quarantine period) and to use when not training with your team! The following recommended training gear is versatile to work for both indoor / outdoor exercises and games. This gear is great to have at home all the time (and not just for this COVID-19 quarantine period) and to use when not training with your team!
We have created a Training Videos page for the players to follow daily.
A message to the players from our Director of Coaching Niko Mirtsekis.
“TOILET PAPER” CHALLENGE
What better way to have fun and use a toilet paper roll as a soccer ball and challenge your teammates. How can your player take part in the challenge?
Visit our Facebook Videos page to take a look at all of our player, parents and coaches videos!
- Have you parents get their camera / phone ready and make sure that is steady and in landscape mode!
- Wear your Olympiacos Home (red / white) jersey (if you do not have it any other jersey will do)!
- Record a video of you “juggling” the toilet paper as many times as you can!
- Send the high resolution video to firstname.lastname@example.org and at the same time name who you want to challenge next! Can be a player on your team or any other team!
Maine East HS has completely shut-down their indoor / outdoor space availability to all groups until the end of March. We will be in continuous contact with them about the outdoor season based on our contract was slated to start first week of April for outdoor training.
Please be assured Olympiacos Chicago leadership is vigilantly monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updates as needed. This may include further changes to our training / tournament / league and game schedules.
Thank you for your support, trust and patience as we navigate through this together. We will continue to provide the best service to you and our players, while prioritizing your health and safety. One thing is for certain that the weeks to come will likely bring new challenges as we all are learning through this.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.