What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics Ontario is a sports organization dedicated to people with an intellectual disability; it provides athletes with far more than just the physical benefits of sport. Over the past 40 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes, to becoming the world's largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sport.


Our Mission

"To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities"


Why get involved?

Build confidence, self-esteem and self respect

Fun, friendship, empowerment and acceptance

Path of healthy living & increased physical fitness

Eligibility

A person with an intellectual disability are eligible to participate in Special Olympics.
A person is considered to have an intellectual disability if that person satisfies the following requirements:

  • Typically an IQ score of approximately 70 or below

  • Deficits in general mental abilities which limit and restrict participation and performance in one or more aspects of daily life such as communication, social participation, functioning at school or work, or personal independence, and;

  • Onset during the developmental period (before the age of 18 years).

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Athlete Oath

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Sport
18 core sports across the province are classified into the 3 seasons listed below


Summer Sports

Athletics (Track & Field)

Golf

Bocce

Soccer

Softball

Spring Sports

10-Pin Bowling

Basketball

Powerlifting

Swimming

Rhythmic Gymnastic

Winter Sports

5-Pin Bowling
Alpine Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Curling
Figure Skating
Speed Skating
Floor Hockey
Snowshoeing

Competition

  • Local and Regional Competitions

    Open to all athletes within their own community

  • Provincial Games

    Held on a rotating basis over a four-year period.

  • National Games

    National Games are held every two (2) years on a rotating basis (summer & winter).

  • World Games

    Also held every two years on a rotating winter and summer basis.

Additional Programs

In addition to sports clubs, Special Olympics Ontario offers a variety of programs for athletes geared towards youth and healthy living. Such programs include

Active Start and FUNdamentals

Physical Activity & Healthy Living (PAHL)

Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)