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.
D Recreational Basketball
Over the March 4-5, 2017 weekend, our amazing basketball team won all three of their games at a tournament in London, ON. Once again, our athletes are dominating!
Team members: Matthew D'Hondt, Veronica and Monica McCullough, Calvin Lapierre, Darryl McGlauglin, Matthew Palmer, Santiago Rivera Ribero, Andjela Krasjinik, and Jeff Stephens.
Coaches: Ernie McCullough and Steve Singer
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.
Congratulations to Allie Libertini, Nordic Skiing, and Peter Snider, Snowshoeing, who joined Team Canada at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria from March 14 to 25, 2017. Allie achieved two silver medals and Peter achieved three gold medals. Great work, athletes!
Congratulations to Blair Allenson who will represent Ontario in the 100 and 200 m races at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 28 to August 12, 2017.
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.
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.