Since 2002, motionball has been helping change lives and minds across Canada. Founded by Toronto's Etherington family, motionball's fun-filled social and sport events bring Special Olympics athletes and young professionals together to celebrate inclusion, camaraderie, and friendship. These events help grow the next generation of Special Olympics supporters and build inclusive communities throughout the country.
motionball events also contribute significant fundraising income to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, and have raised over $10 million net to help provide sport and competition programs to Special Olympics athletes.
motionball’s flagship event, Marathon of Sport, is an exciting event where young professionals spend a day playing sports with Special Olympics athletes from their communities. This year in B.C., the inspiring Marathon of Sport Vancouver and Marathon of Sport Kelowna brought high-fives, smiles, and joy to participants and spectators alike.
Held at the EA Sports Complex in Burnaby, the 2018 Marathon of Sport Vancouver was a record-breaking day of fun and fundraising. This high-energy event saw 40 athletes joining 30 teams of young professionals on June 2 for a day full of team spirit and inclusion that raised over $160,000 for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
In September, the seventh annual motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna hit the grounds at City Park for another incredible day of athletics and sportsmanship. Presented by Interior Savings Credit Union, the 2018 motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna featured 28 teams who were joined by 60 SOBC athletes for this inspiring, exciting, and inclusive event. The fun was capped off with fantastic fundraising, as the event smashed its goal with a final total of $125,000 to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the country.
On October 20, fitness enthusiasts nationwide rallied their strength for Special Olympics at CF|24, a motionball event that challenges participants to take on a marathon of workouts to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics programs across Canada.
In B.C., Coquitlam’s CrossFit CBC, CrossFit Prince George, and Raincity Athletics in Vancouver stepped up to the CF|24 plate, taking on a series of workouts throughout the day alongside Special Olympics athletes from their community, who came out to show their support and share their gratitude.
SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Adam Advocaat kicked off the day at CrossFit CBC with his Special Olympics story and thanks for all their hard work. “All of the time I’ve spent in Special Olympics has led to my life being happier, healthier, and more fulfilling,” Advocaat told the crowd. “On behalf of Special Olympics athletes across the province, thank you for your support and helping change lives through the power of sport, joy and unity.”
A staple of any motionball event is the joyful and welcoming team spirit from both the Special Olympics athletes and participants. These events engage and introduce the next generation of Special Olympics supporters to our movement, helping to share our message of hope and inclusion while raising vital funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
Our heartfelt thanks to the volunteer organizers who log countless hours to make these events possible, and all the volunteers who come out and support these important and inspiring days.