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.

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.

Waterloo 10km Classic Run

Special Olympics Ontario KW athletes Andrew Johnston, Lauren Hood (left) and Brian Wetzler (right) participated in the Waterloo 10 km Classic on June 19, 2016.

SOO KW Holiday Ball

We are having a Holiday Ball for all SOO KW athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents and caregivers on Tuesday, November 29 from 5:45 to 9 pm at Conestoga Catering, 110 Manitou Dr, Kitchener, ON N2C 1L3, spearheaded by Donal Crooke, our amazing 5-pin Bowling Head Coach.  Arrival will be 5:30 to 6 pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner and dancing with a live band.  Please contact your Head Coach for a ticket.

Cost is $10 for athletes and $20 for parents, caregivers and friends.    Everyone must sign up for the evening by November 15 and get a ticket in order to attend.  Tickets must be purchased by November 15 so that the caterers can prepare the appropriate number of dinners.  No walk-in tickets will be available on the night of the event!

Fall Registration is open!

Registration for fall/winter sports is now open.  The Athlete Registration Package is posted under Registration on the left side of this page. Athletes cannot participate in practice until their registration package has been received.

Please mail registration forms and payment as noted in the registration package. Please note that we do not have a physical office - only a Post Office Box - so you must mail your registration forms.

2016 City of Kitchener Salute to Seniors

Several Special Olympics Ontario KW volunteers were honoured at the June 9, 2016 City of Kitchener Salute to Seniors.  Congratulations to John Emslie, Carol Anne Johnston, Sharon Lavoie, Edna Pohl and Glen Takasaki (shown above).

Staples Fundraiser

Melissa Heubner and staff at Staples on Strasburg Road in Kitchener help fundraise for our organization.

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.