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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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Rod Hill, former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Los Angeles Raiders, as well as Winnipeg Blue Bombers alumni and Honorary Board Member of Special Olympics Manitoba. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Duane Brothers, Chair of Special Olympics Manitoba. He started his career as a high school history teacher and basketball coach and went on to serve as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of multiple school divisions in Winnipeg. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month.
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It’s been a tough year for all of us with Special Olympics in-person programs shut down due to COVID-19. As always, Canadian athletes with an...
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Mallett, 46, has been selected as the next Special Olympics North America (SONA) representative on Special Olympics International’s Global Athlete Leadership Council (GALC). She is the first Canadian in this role since the Council was created in 2017.
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Three Special Olympics Canada Champions Network members have been appointed to the Order of Canada – one of the country’s highest honours.
A Special Olympics Powerlifter performs a deadlift
These Special Olympics athletes want you to #SeeTheAbility this Canadian Down Syndrome Week - and every week.
Michael Jacques smiles looking at the camera
Special Olympics Ontario athlete, author and inspirational speaker Michael Jacques has published his first children’s book.
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After 30 years as a certified dental assistant, British Columbia’s Misty Pagliaro took “the big leap” and changed her career entirely, so she could have a greater impact on those with an intellectual disability.
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Special Olympics Ontario – Kingston coach and motionballer Chris Szymus started volunteering for the movement while he was attending Queen’s University – but wishes he got involved sooner. Growing up in Mississauga, Chris witnessed firsthand the impact Special Olympics had on his older brother Greg, who has autism spectrum disorder. He participates in Special Olympics five-pin bowling, softball and basketball.
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Nova Scotia’s MacNeil sisters have had the ideal Friday night since they were teenagers: coaching Special Olympics FUNdamentals. Morgan, 23 and Abbie, 25, have volunteered with the Enfield program for children and youth with an intellectual disability for the past seven years. In 2018, they officially took over as Program Leaders.