National Coaches Week

A heartfelt #ThanksCoach to Special Olympics BC's life-changing coaches!
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During National Coaches Week and all year round, we celebrate and thank the thousands of Special Olympics BC coaches who change lives in communities throughout our province!

The annual National Coaches Week is a time to say #ThanksCoach for their positive impact and the gift of their time and talents.

In National Coaches Week 2023, Special Olympics BC shared stories about our outstanding coaches and the enduring impact of their time, skills, and heart! 

Be inspired by SOBC coaches

Meet some of the inspiring individuals who give their time as Special Olympics BC coaches, such as 2023 SOBC Howard Carter Award winner Gale Jones and Grassroots Award winner Kevin Phillips!

More profiles

Meet more SOBC coaches


Win a Coffee for Your Coach contest

Special Olympics BC athletes were invited to submit stories about their life-changing coaches, for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card for their coach! Read the winning entry by SOBC – Trail athlete Paula Prough


Coaching Association of Canada education

Coaches are welcome to explore the CAC's eLearning modules that are always free, including: 

The following 4 NCCP multi-sport modules have been revised with an added emphasis on mental health and are also being delivered for free in-person and online until March 31, 2024, as part of the CAC’s Mental Health and Sport Project: 


SOBC resources  

To support SOBC coaches, SOBC has developed resources such as:

And much more in the SOBC website resources


The impact of SOBC coaches

Chris Higgins has lengthy experience with coaches, as a former Vancouver Canucks player and current Canucks Assistant Director of Player Development, and as the brother of Special Olympics New York athlete Jeanne. He kindly took the time to share his thoughts on the life-changing difference you make. Have a listen!


Join these inspiring individuals!



Special Olympics athletes wearing medals stand smiling beside their coaches outside on snowy ground