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.
Our annual fundraiser, In Running Colour, will be held May 27, 2017 at 10 am at Columbia Lake, Waterloo. There will be a 4K race and a 1K fun run. Donate to Special Olympics KW or register for the race by clicking the link above. Volunteer to help with the race by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Tannis Gayler. Pictures are from last year's race.
Our Basketball Hoops team won two tournaments in March!
Over the March 4-5, 2017 weekend, our amazing basketball team won all three of their games at a tournament in London.
March 4 team members: Matthew D'Hondt, Veronica and Monica McCullough, Calvin Lapierre, Darryl McLauglin, Matthew Palmer, Santiago Rivera Ribero, Andjela Krajisnik, and Jeff Stephens.
Coaches: Ernie McCullough and Steve Singer
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.
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!
A $10 Early Bird Discount is available for registrations that are postmarked by May 3, 2017. In-person registration is available Tuesday, May 16 from 7 to 8 pm on the track at St. David CSS, 4 High Street, Waterloo.
Powerlifting is already at capacity with those who registered in the fall. If you want to register for Powerlifting and were not registered in the fall, we will put you on a waiting list.
If you do not wish to register in person, 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.
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.
Congratulations to Elissa Cressman, Janice Cooper, Mike Rooymans and Seana Brennan who have been named Athletics (Track) coaches for our District Training Team. And further congratulations to the Track & Field athletes who have been named to our District Training Team - Andrew Johnston, Blair Allenson, Chris Litwiller, Danielle Snider, Isaac Macleod, Jim MacLean, Joe Covaci, John Emslie, Jordan Heard, Kate Holden, Kathleen Sgro, Letisha Fay, Marley Gayler, Melissa Heubner, Peter Snider and Tom Pilarski. The games will be held in Peel Region from July 13 to 16, 2017.
Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo would like to thank Cober Solutions, Kitchener, for donating their time and talents printing our brochures.
on March 25, the team travelled to Aurora for the Mary Matthews
Basketball Tournament. They won all four of their games, defeating
teams from Aurora, Collingwood and Simcoe.
25 team members: Veronica McCullough, Monica McCullough, Matthew
Schauber, Marley Gayler, Jasmine Bauer-Leahy, Pardeep Minhas, David
Heinrichs, Shaheed Hakim, Kelsey Engel, Eric Pomery, Paige Newbrough
Coaches: Steve Singer, Scott Pettus, Ernie McCullough and Kelsey Donald