Announcement: Retirement of Glenn MacDonell, President & CEO of Special Olympics Ontario

A Letter from the Chair of the Board of Directors Dear SOO athletes, coaches, volunteers, friends and colleagues, Our Leadership Champion is Retiring Glenn MacDonell, our President & Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Ontario (SOO), has decided to retire as of June 30th, 2024. Glenn has given us 35 years of outstanding leadership, compassion and stewardship.  We, on the …

2024 Spring Games Spotlight – Central Ontario

Central Ontario is bringing a strong contingent to the 2024 Waterloo Region Provincial Spring Games, with 101 athletes and 28 coaches all set to participate! The lineup includes 9 athletes showcasing their skills in 10 Pin Bowling, 49 hitting the courts for Basketball, 4 demonstrating their rhythmic prowess, and 39 making waves in Swimming! For a comprehensive list of all …

Annual Impact Report and Provincial Sport Awards

2022-2023 Annual Impact Report We are delighted to present the 2023 Impact Report by Special Olympics Ontario, encapsulating the remarkable journey of the past year. This online flipbook is a comprehensive window into the transformative impact our organization has had on athletes, volunteers, coaches, and partners. Filled with inspiring stories and concrete achievements, it reflects the collective dedication to inclusion, …

Athlete Community Excellence Award

AWARD CRITERIA Nominations will be judged on the strength of their submission by the following criteria: PARTICIPATION • The nominee must be a registered athlete in a Special Olympics sport and/or program, event or activities • The nominee must be involved in Special Olympics sport program(s) throughout the year • The nominee’s competition pathway can include local/regional and Provincial/Territorial Games …

Special Olympics Ontario Athletes and Coaches Join Team Canada in Berlin for the 2023 Summer World Games

From June 17-25, Berlin, Germany will welcome 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from over 190 countries to compete in 26 sports. The athletes will be supported by more than 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. This is the first time that Germany will host the Games!  The Special Olympics World Games is a prestigious international sporting event that celebrates …

2 Special Olympics Athletes Inducted into the Toronto Sports Hall of Honour

On Wednesday, the City of Toronto held its sixth annual Toronto Sport Hall of Honour induction ceremony at the prestigious Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The event recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions of 17 new inductees, including two remarkable athletes, Tatem Morrison and Jeffrey Campbell, who were honoured as Special Olympics Athletes of the Year. This event, a legacy …

Celebrating World Health Day

Friday, April 7th is World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effort to bring attention to a specific health topic each year. This year’s theme is #HealthForAll , celebrating WHO’s 75th anniversary. At Special Olympics Ontario, we are working to promote Intellectual Disability inclusive health through education, prevention, and healthcare training. …

Special Olympics Ontario athletes compete at Canada Summer Games

The Canada Summer Games took place in Niagara, Ontario from August 6th – 21st. 11 Special Olympics athletes from Ontario competed at the games. Taylor Bennett, Shannon Swinson, Blair Bastien, Owen Konkle, Matthew Heldsinger, and Hudson Booth were on the Athletics Ontario team and competed in the 100m and 200m running events. Katie Xu, Emily Skulj, Rose Hewitt, Gael Shindano, …

2022 Reveal Your Champion Cycle Challenge Recap!

The Reveal Your Champion (RYC) Cycle Challenge came to a close this past weekend. After 8 weeks of cycling with almost 100 participants taking part, we concluded the challenge with over 12,000 kilometres logged on Charity Miles! Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members across the province got moving on their bicycles. A special mention goes out to athlete …