2023 World Summer Games Athlete Identification

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2022 National Summer Games, Special Olympics Canada (SOC) has had to modify its identification process for the 2023 World Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. Rather than hosting centralized National Games, SOC has divided its assigned quota to each of the chapters and has given each chapter full authority to select …

2022 Provincial Award Nominations Open Now

It’s time to nominate and select the 2022 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Awards winners (for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022). We are once again looking for deserving athletes, coaches, and volunteers in various categories, so please nominate any deserving candidates. We are excited to announce the addition of a new award – The Rising Star …

Simcoe Seals swimmer Aimee Buckborough takes the plunge!

Aimee Buckborough, a seasoned Special Olympics Ontario athlete, is well aware of the time, commitment and effort required to excel in sport. As a gold medal swimmer at Nationals, avid golfer and softball player, Aimee has always been willing to push herself outside of her comfort zone to pursue her best.  In keeping with this mindset, Aimee decided to try …

Julia Romualdi ‘Turns her Cant’s into Cans and her Dreams into Plans’ in 2022

Whether it’s gracefully gliding across the ice as a figure skater, pursuing leadership opportunities in her community or making a splash on the big screens as an actress, Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) athlete Julia Romualdi has her sights set for success. Like many high achievers, the fulfillment of her goals does not materialize without a sometimes-hectic schedule and competing deadlines; …

Superheroes really DO fly and sometimes they wear medals too!

By: Jason Scorcia  Chapter 4 If you are just getting caught up on my story now, I should share that while I loved being a kid and going to high school, these past twenty years have been the real highlight of my journey as a superhero. That means this chapter you are about to read is really kind of like the “Highlight Reel” of …

The High School Years

By: Jason Scorcia  Chapter 3 When I first started thinking about writing these stories about my Special Olympics adventures, it was the high school years that I was most excited to write about. If you, or someone you love, is about to head off to high school, I want to tell you that these years were some of the best of my life …

School is Fun for Everyone!

By: Jason Scorcia  Chapter 2 Going to school can be a scary experience for anyone. When I was younger I went to a school near the airport called Our Lady of the Airways. I guess it was called that because we used to see planes flying overhead all the time! I had no idea back then when I looked up at the …

Sports, Hope and Having Fun

Jason’s JourneyThe Story Behind Jason’s Quest and Jason ScorciaA Special Olympics Superhero Spreading the Message of Sports, Hope and Having Fun to Everyone!  By: Jason Scorcia  Introduction– Sports, Hope and Having Fun – Hi! I’m Jason but a lot of people call me J.J.  This was a nickname that started in elementary school, in part because there were also several other …

Mentor, Podcast Host and Special Olympics Ontario Athlete Ryan Colpitts is a Jack of All Trades

For Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) athlete Ryan Colpitts, fulfilling a leadership role in his athletic community means more than just encouraging teammates and maintaining a positive attitude on and off the field. For Colpitts, the Whitby, Ontario native and program coordinator with SOO, being a leader means providing tangible opportunities for athlete success and inspiring his fellow peers to follow …