Special Olympics Canada | Olympiques Spéciaux Canada
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28 official members

of the Special Olympics Champions Network

17,398 volunteers

and coaches deliver Special Olympics programs in hundreds of communities across Canada

What We Do

Unlocking the power of sport

Through sport, we look to improve the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability. With this focus, we have been able to provide thousands of children, youth and adults with enriching and rewarding experiences for more than several decades.

“What struck me most was the players’ appreciation for the opportunity to compete. Sure, they could play floor hockey on any given day in a gymnasium, but there was something so special about a tournament. Like hockey players of all ages and levels across Canada, competing in a new locale against unknown opponents elevated their game to a new level. There was always talk of tomorrow’s “big game”. This was clearly an athletic event, not a social one. … I now understand the disparate abilities of Special Olympics athletes. The organization provides a great service to all its athletes by simply creating opportunities for them to participate in athletic activity.”

- Bobby Smith, NHL legend

Excerpted from Make No Small Plans: Celebrating 40 Years of Special Olympics in Canada

  • Creating Change

    Special Olympics is humanity's greatest classroom, where lessons of ability, acceptance and inclusion are taught on the fields of competition by our greatest teachers - the athletes.

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  • Healthy Athletes

    We understand that proper training must involve more than simply being active. In order to ensure top performance, as well as improved wellbeing, Special Olympics Canada offer screenings at both the national and local level. These screenings are part of a global program developed and overseen by Special Olympics.

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  • Official Sports and Rules

    Whether aiming for a personal best or looking to be the best, being a Special Olympics athlete is about enjoying sport and choosing to challenge oneself. With this in mind, we have organized our official sports and programs into several different categories to ensure every athlete is able to participate and benefit from being active.

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  • Our Calendar

    Between competitions, fundraising events, campaigns to raise awareness and several other notable items, our calendar is often filled with plenty of things to be a part of.

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  • Our Mission

    For decades, Special Olympics Canada has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the wellbeing of individuals with an intellectual disability. To this day, we continue to use this as our main focus.

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