Stories

Sharing the joy of sport

Special Olympics has received many incredible stories from people whose lives have been changed and enriched through sport, friendship, fun and mentorship. Some of those people have been kind enough to share their stories with you.

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In honour of Global Week of Inclusion, Special Olympics is celebrating Champions of Inclusion: individuals leading the charge for respecting and...
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“When I started this, it was all about a boy and his dream. Now, it’s about so much more,” says Special Olympics athlete and international Champion of Inclusion, Chris Nikic.
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When Sosena Tezera first discovered that her son Emmanuel had a gross motor delay, it was extremely difficult for her to accept the differences and...
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This June 23 marks the first-ever Differences Day, a day of national recognition meant to celebrate our many differences, brought to you by Rise...
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Special Olympics athletes across the country have had a tough year being away from their regular in-person programming, but they are staying positive...
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When the pandemic put a pause on in-person programming, Special Olympics Alberta was quick to pivot to virtual support with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Together, they created the Provincial Exercise and Activity Knockout Program – known as PEAK – to help athletes stay engaged, connected, active and healthy. The program has now run two eight-week seasons challenging athletes to hit their selected fitness goals and attend virtual sessions to enhance their fitness, mind and health through a variety of activities.
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Crystal Williams has been a part of Special Olympics for the past 16 years. During that time, she’s competed in curling and bocce, volunteered at Provincial Games and even met her now husband, Matthew Williams, who just received recognition as Special Olympics Canada Athlete of the Year in 2020. Needless to say, Special Olympics has had a significant impact in Crystal’s life.
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Special Olympics Canada is thrilled to announce its partnership with The John Tavares Foundation. Through shared ideologies of inclusion, community...
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Crystal Williams est athlète d’Olympiques spéciaux depuis maintenant 16 ans. Pendant cette période, elle a participé aux programmes de curling et de boccia, a fait du bénévolat à des Jeux provinciaux et a même rencontré celui qui est devenu son mari, Matthew Williams, et qui a récemment été nommé Athlète de l’année 2020 d’Olympiques spéciaux Canada. Il va sans dire qu’Olympiques spéciaux a joué un rôle marquant dans la vie de Crystal.
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Special Olympics Canada has partnered with the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP) to produce A Blueprint for Building Quality...