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 …

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 …

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 …

Char-Lan High School: Fostering Unity and Inclusivity Through Special Olympics

Nestled in Williamstown, Ontario, Char-Lan High School is a small rural institution with a big heart for inclusivity and sportsmanship. Despite its modest size, the school has made a significant impact by actively participating in Special Olympics events. The school took pride in hosting the local Special Olympics Ontario soccer tournament for two consecutive years. The Link Crew class and …

2024 Spring Games Spotlight – Eastern Ontario

Eastern Ontario is bringing a strong contingent to the 2024 Waterloo Region Provincial Spring Games, with 107 athletes and 31 coaches all set to participate! The lineup includes 10 athletes showcasing their skills in 10 Pin Bowling, 48 hitting the courts for Basketball, 6 showing off their strength in powerlifting, 6 demonstrating their rhythmic prowess, and 37 making waves in …

Breaking Barriers on Ice: A Special Olympics Journey of Growth, Independence, and Community

I’m Tracey Thomas, and together with my husband Jeff and daughters Sarah and Rebecca, we’ve been on a journey that has defied our expectations, challenged our preconceptions, and filled our lives with profound joy.  Our encounter with Special Olympics began when Sarah, our youngest, was transitioning out of therapy programs at Grandview Children’s Centre. Seeking new opportunities for her, we …