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1968 The year Special Olympics was founded

by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

12 floor hockey players

were brought to Chicago by Harold Smith to represent Canada at the first International Special Olympics in 1968

Team Canada

In case you missed it – Day 4 Recap


We are still in awe of all of our incredible athletes and the sheer determination and passion they have showed throughout these Games! Day 4 proved to be fortuitous for both Team Manitoba’s soccer team and the BC Grizzlies softball team, who both managed to remain undefeated. Some amazing competition happened in the pool, with a few photo-finishes rounding out the day. One-tenth of a second separated the Gold and Silver medalists in the men’s 200-metre final! What an amazing race to watch! Along with many other notable athletic achievements, day 4 saw Powerade 24 athlete Ethan Bushey Mountain win a silver medal in his signature 400m race! In addition to the silver hardware, Ethan brought home the gold in the men’s 200m race. Ethan is in three more finals today, so make sure to head to the track to watch him go! Special mentions to Team Toba athlete Brita Hall, who won a bronze medal in the 1500m on Thursday. Brita is competing in her 9th Special Olympics Canada Summer Games! Way to go Brita!

On day 4 of the Games, more than one third of the athletes have completed the Healthy Athletes screening program. Each athlete will leave with something to improve their lives. For example, every athlete who goes through the opening eyes screening gets a pair of sunglasses, glasses or sport goggles!