Our Mission

Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport.

Over the past 49 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.


Our Vision

Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities all across Ontario.

Our Values


  • Empowerment

    We create opportunities to pursue full potential.

  • Excellence

    We elevate standards and performance.

  • Respect

    We operate in an environment of cooperation, collaboration and dignity.

  • Diversity

    We honour what is unique in each individual.

  • Inclusion

    We foster inclusive communities.