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Welcome to Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo!

Special Olympics Ontario is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with an intellectual disability.  Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. 

Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo is committed to providing much needed physical education programs to more than 240 local athletes who benefit physically, mentally and socially. Our programs are completely volunteer-driven, operated by 170 dedicated volunteers.  The Kitchener-Waterloo community, through participation and observation, better understands people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

SOO KW Volunteer of the Year



Eleanor Namuddu, Swimming Head Coach, was recognized as our Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Volunteer of the Year.  The Kitchener Sports Association presented Eleanor with her plaque at their Volunteer Recognition Awards dinner and ceremony on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

With Eleanor in the photo above is her friend and mentor, George Goetz.

2017 Canada Summer Games

Congratulations to Blair Allenson who will represent Ontario in the 100 and 200 m races at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.  The games will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 28 to August 12, 2017.

Stratford Softball Tournament


Softball athletes show their pride in winning the Stratford invitational softball tournament on August 27, 2016.  The KW team has won this tournament three years in a row!  Great work athletes and thanks to Head Coach Brian Rethoret.



NHL Alumni Hockey Game

Former NHL legends play against local law enforcement all-stars in the NHL Alumni Hockey Game.  This year's game is Thursday, December 15 at 7 pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Proceeds raised go to Special Olympics Ontario.

Tickets purchased IN ADVANCE are available for $10 from our Community Coordinator, Sharon Lavoie. Tickets at the door will be full price - $22 for adults or $16 for children and seniors.  Contact Sharon for your tickets now!

SOO KW Holiday Ball

We had another amazing Holiday Ball on November 29.  Pictures below, in the Photo Gallery on the left and in videos on FaceBook and Twitter.  Links to FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram above. Thank you again, Donal!  Great job.


Ljiljana and Angela Krajisnik enjoying the evening.



Michael, Eric and Felipe hamming it up for the camera.

Current Volunteer Openings

We need volunteers! There are openings as follows:

- Coaches for a variety of sports, various days and times
- Event volunteers for Home Hardware Markets and our annual fundraising run (one or two day commitment)

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tannis Gayler.