Special Olympics BC programs opening in Hope and Shuswap

SOBC athlete Kathleen Fisher holding medal with thumbs up and smiling

New Special Olympics BC programs are getting started in Hope and the Shuswap area! We are excited to be introducing our empowering year-round programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities to these communities, thanks to the interest and efforts of local volunteers, athletes, and families! 

In Hope, a Try-It Day is being organized on June 12 for all members of School District 78 with the help of Meagan Hodgson, who is a Complex Needs Inclusive Education Teacher for the district. This will be a great opportunity to share the joy of our community and introduce people to our year-round sport, youth, and health programs.

If there is any interest in the planning or participation of future SOBC – Hope programs, please contact Chelsea Tambellini, SOBC Community Development Coordinator, at crogers@specialolympics.bc.ca.

The new SOBC – Shuswap Local will welcome members from the nearby communities of Blind Bay, Chase, Pritchard, Sorrento, and surrounding areas. We are so grateful to volunteer Heather Strack, who has been a key player in getting things going! Strack is originally from the Lower Mainland, and one of her relatives used to participate in Special Olympics while they lived there. To get involved, please contact Leanne Kelly, SOBC Community Development Coordinator, at lkelly@specialolympics.bc.ca.

We are so thrilled to be introducing SOBC programs in more communities across the province, helping create more opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities and building inclusive communities!

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