Get Back in the Game

Be part of Special Olympics BC's safe return to sport as an athlete, volunteer, or donor!
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This fall, with a strong Return to Sport plan in place, Special Olympics BC communities are safely reopening more of the in-person sport programs that mean so much to everyone involved.

“Special Olympics has helped me overcome barriers and bullying, and has helped me not to give up and go for my best.”
-Susan Wang, SOBC – Surrey athlete 

Get involved as an athlete or volunteer

 

The pandemic has a long-lasting, far-reaching impact that the Special Olympics family will be working to overcome for many years. More than ever, we need your support to help rebuild the programs and the community that is critical for instilling confidence in our athletes, opening hearts and minds to inclusion, and breaking down barriers for your friends and neighbours with intellectual disabilities.

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Background


The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, and especially so for people with intellectual disabilities. Too many people with intellectual disabilities are still being left behind and forgotten by our society. They knew the pain of loneliness long before COVID-19. For many Special Olympics BC athletes, our year-round sport, youth, and health programs are the primary place – or for too many, the only place – where they get vital social connections and healthy physical activity. 

The majority of Special Olympics BC’s in-person sport and youth programs have been paused since March 2020. During the pandemic, Special Olympics BC developed virtual programming that created new fitness and connection opportunities, such as the first-ever SOBC Provincial Challenge Games, and launched comprehensive Return to Sport protocols to help communities safely reopen some in-person programming. But those opportunities reached roughly a fifth of Special Olympics BC’s usual athlete base.

Without in-person Special Olympics programs, "it was rough. I found myself falling into a depression, and my motivation went down the toilet."
-Ashley Adie, SOBC – Campbell River athlete
Read more from Ashley in The Vancouver Sun

 

How your donation helps


Changing opportunities

Special Olympics BC offers 18 sports and youth programs to give athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to empowering competitions. 

“Special Olympics means a lot to me. It keeps me motivated, happy, and fit. It helps me be how I am today – a champ.”
-Ryan Courtemanche, SOBC – Kelowna athlete


Changing health

People with intellectual disabilities lack access to quality health care and experience dramatically higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain, and premature death. Our ultimate goal is to create a world where all people have the same opportunity to be healthy by addressing a range of barriers, which include lack of access, education, and resources. 

“I’m glad that I’m in Special Olympics so I can be healthy and fit.”
-Simone Vanon, SOBC – Vancouver athlete


Changing attitudes

Special Olympics is raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Through sports, we showcase the skills and dignity of our athletes. We also bring together communities to see and take part in the transformative power of sports.

"Special Olympics has given me a community, it’s given me confidence and endless opportunities."
-Genny Verge, SOBC – Sunshine Coast athlete

 

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