CANADA DAY 2021 ACTIVITY KIT
Special Olympics has been enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power of sport for more than 50 years. More than sport, Special Olympics is an Inclusion Movement. This is a natural extension of our mission and aligns with true Canadian values, a cornerstone of our culture.
Every day, Special Olympics athletes challenge stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions to address barriers to inclusion, but they can’t do it alone. Inclusion is a team sport – and our team is Canada.
In celebration of Canada Day 2021, open your hearts and minds to inclusion by participating in these fun virtual activities alongside Special Olympics athletes across Canada.
Activity #1: Meet an Athlete
Watch one (or all!) of the videos below to meet a Special Olympics athlete and discover the power of inclusion.
Zack and Jesse Thibeault, Special Olympics British Columbia
EMILIA MORIN TURCOTTE, Special Olympics QUEBEC
EZEKIEL LIU, Special Olympics ONTARIO
Meet more Special Olympics athletes by watching all episodes of The Highlight Reel:
Activity #2: A RECIPE FOR INCLUSION
Start your Canada Day morning off right by joining Special Olympics powerlifter and Health Messenger, Cameron, in making a healthy smoothie!
CAMERON GORDON, Special Olympics PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Find more healthy recipes and nutrition lessons by visiting the Nutrition Corner:
Activity #3: FLEX YOUR INCLUSION MUSCLE
Join Special Olympics athletes Stephanie Chang and Greg Deemer in a virtual workout with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch and Personal Trainer Dylan Landon.
Special Olympics School of Strength
Check out more workouts from the Special Olympics School of Strength:
Activity #4: SEE THE ABILITY
Looking for a fun challenge to do with family and friends at your Canada Day BBQ? See how you measure up in a competition against a gold medal winning Special Olympics athlete!
Special Olympics athlete, Peter Snider, jumped 5.80 meters at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2019, taking home a gold medal.
Get outside, mark Peter's distance of 5.80 meters on the ground and see how close you come to a champion!
Take a photo or video of your best jump and share it to social media tagging @SpecialOCanada with #CanadaDayChooseToInclude – you might just earn a virtual medal!
Activity #5: JOIN THE INCLUSION MOVEMENT
No one deserves to be left behind - in sport, or in life.
Too often, people with an intellectual disability are unable to realize their limitless potential because they aren't given the opportunities that many of us take for granted. Together, we have the power to change that when we #ChoosToInclude.
How you can #ChooseToInclude:
1. Follow @SpecialOCanada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to hear more from our Special Olympics athletes and keep your hearts open to inclusion.
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3. Join the Inclusion Movement to receive an email from Special Olympics Canada sharing the many ways you can make a difference:
3. Make a donation today to support the more than 41,000 Special Olympics athletes across Canada: