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.

Visit our photo and video galleries featuring our athletes, coaches, and volunteers.

A group of people pose for a photo at a work party.
When Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador athlete Leah McDonald saw the call for Champions of Inclusion nominations, she immediately thought of her boss at Spirit of Newfoundland Productions.
Kyla and a Special Olympics athlete hug at an event
Manitoba’s Kyla Anderson, a special education teacher and motionball Winnipeg committee member, is a true role model when it comes to creating inclusive communities.
Image of an accessible indoor learning centre
A Southern Saskatchewan school district credits its very own Champion of Inclusion, Bob Ballantyne, for its accessible and inclusive facilities.
Athletes high five at a ASAA Unifed Sport event
Five years ago, Special Olympics Unified Sports – a program that brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team – didn’t exist in Alberta high schools. Today, almost 20 per cent of the province’s schools boast successful programs...
Roshan and two other men pose for a photo in a frame
When Roshan Gosal signed up to volunteer for Special Olympics BC in grade 10, he was just hoping to fulfill his required community service hours for high school. After coaching one soccer practice, he was “hooked.”
Saskatoon’s Brenda Baker, an award-winning singer and former children’s entertainer, wanted to pass on her love of music to her daughter Tori, who had Down syndrome. When she couldn’t find a local choir that accommodates the needs of children with an intellectual disability, she decided to start her own.
Balancing a work schedule, Special Olympics practices and competitions can be tough for Peterborough’s Crystal Cochrane, but her boss at Wendy’s in Peterborough always makes it work.
There are countless Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada that include Special Olympics athletes and Canadians with an intellectual disability as part of their team. A National Partner of Special Olympics Canada since 2015, Tim Hortons is a true Champion of Inclusion.
Every Thursday morning five-year-old Alma Loken jumps out of bed filled with excitement. “I’m awake! It’s Special Olympics day!” she exclaims. Since...
Jackie Barrett performs a squat at World Games
The now retired Corner Brook athlete, also known as “the Newfoundland Moose,” has broken not only Special Olympics records throughout his 28-year career, but also those of his able-bodied counterparts.