Who We Are



Special Olympics NWT is dedicated to enriching the lives of NWT residents with an intellectual disability through sport.


To provide all athletes with choices in their opportunity to train and compete and to be accessible to all athletes with an intellectual disability regardless of their ability. We look to be a change agent for social inclusion and be recognized as integral part of the sport delivery system in the NWT.

Special Olympics NWT History:

Special Olympics NWT started in Yellowknife in 1989 with four athletes in bowling.  SONWT is the territorial chapter for the national organization that provides sport for people with intellectual disabilities. It is a not-for-profit organization, registered as a charity within the SONWT.  SONWT programs are run entirely by volunteers with the assistance of staff and is governed by a Board of Directors. Funding is provided through our fundraising partner Law Enforcement Torch Run, public donations, grants, corporate sponsors and special fundraising events. 

Today, athletes participate in swimming, bowling, speed skating, rhythmic gymnastics and fitness in addition to seasonal mini-programs (4-6 weeks in duration) in track and field, golf and snowshoeing.  We also provide Active Start and FUNdamentals, a youth physical literacy skills development programs ages 2-11.  We have over 40 athletes registered along with approximately 40 volunteers taking part each season.