Let the Games Begin!

The wait is finally over! After four long years, we are thrilled to kick off the much-anticipated Provincial Spring Games. Our incredible athletes, coaches, and volunteers have been eagerly preparing for this moment, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them in action. With over 750 athletes competing in basketball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, and 10-pin bowling, this event …

Ezekiel Liu: Experiencing the 2024 National Winter Games in Calgary

Ezekiel’s Essay: I went to Calgary for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games with Team Ontario athletes from Monday, February 26th to Friday, March 1st, 2024 to compete in Speed Skating. We got to Calgary by travelling on the West Jet airplane #651. We stayed at the athletes’ village, Sheraton Suites Hotel. My roommates were Kai Freeland and Stephen Graham …

Geneva Rose: A Future Defined by Unified Sports

My involvement with Special Olympics began in the 11th grade. I volunteered to convene the ringette/floor hockey tournament. Since that event I have convened the soccer and bocce ball tournaments. I have been a Unified player with my school’s teams for basketball, bocce ball twice and floorball. The turning point came when I convened the Special Olympics Soccer tournament this …

Unforgettable Victories: James Walker’s Path to Glory in Special Olympics

Meet an exceptional athlete, James Walker, from the vibrant community of London. James has dedicated an impressive 23 years to his passion for sports and is a true inspiration to those around him.  James’s focus lies in the exhilarating sport of floor hockey. He brings his energy, skill, and dedication to the game, making him an invaluable member of his …

Special Olympics Ontario CEO Announcement

The Board of Directors for Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Cody Jansma to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective July 1, 2024. The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the …

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 …

Marley Gayler: Inspiring Hearts and Chasing Dreams in Special Olympics

Get ready to meet an extraordinary athlete, Marley Gayler, hailing from the vibrant community of Kitchener Waterloo. As a dedicated athlete, Marley has been actively involved in Special Olympics for 14 years.  Marley’s passion for sports knows no bounds as she participates in a diverse range of sports. You can find her showcasing her skills in athletics, basketball, golf, Nordic …

2024 Spring Games Spotlight – North West Ontario

North West Ontario is bringing a small but mighty contingent to the 2024 Waterloo Region Provincial Spring Games, with 14 athletes and 4 coaches all set to participate! The lineup includes 7 athletes showcasing their skills in 10 Pin Bowling and 7 athletes making waves in Swimming! For a comprehensive list of all participating athletes, visit provincialgames.com/district-teams.  This month, we’re thrilled …