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12 floor hockey players

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

50 per cent

of Special Olympics athletes work. They are 5 times more likely to work than adults with an intellectual disability not enrolled in Special Olympics.

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Staples Canada and Special Olympics Canada Partner for Annual Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. Campaign

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, Special Olympics Canada and Staples Canada officially kicked off the annual Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign, a fundraising initiative geared towards helping Special Olympics athletes across Canada achieve their full potential. All 330 plus Staples Canada stores across the country will be participating in this annual fundraising campaign. This year’s campaign will run from May 4,2013 until Saturday, May 26, 2013.

“As the largest corporate supporter of Special Olympics Canada, we know that there are many families and athletes in the communities we live and work that need our support,” said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. “Helping to collect much-needed funds and spreading the word about this great organization has become a part of our fabric and company culture.”

Staples Canada customers are encouraged to visit their local Staples store to make a donation and share a dream. Proceeds raised will go directly to Special Olympics programs in their communities, helping kids like Oliver, this year’s campaign star, be more physically active while developing the confidence and skills to succeed both on and off the field of play.

Oliver is one of many Canadians with an intellectual disability who benefits from the daily programs provided by Special Olympics Canada. In addition to the well-known national and international Special Olympic Games, Special Olympics offers youth programs aimed at improving motor, social and cognitive skills in children and youth, and weekly year-round sport training for all abilities ages 12 and up. These programs provide an opportunity for those with an intellectual disability to socialize and be a part of a greater community.

Last year’s Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign surpassed its fundraising goal of $300,000, raising an incredible $508,560. This year, Staples Canada and Special Olympics Canada hope to raise a minimum of $500,000 that will go towards supporting the daily Special Olympics programs offered in communities across the country. Through the public’s donations, more athletes like Oliver will be able to experience the transformative power and joy of sport.