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.

York University Qualifiers

Blair Allenson and Eric Pomeroy competing at York University on June 25, 2016 to be on Team Ontario at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

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.

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).

Fall Registration is now 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.

A $10 Early Bird Discount is available for registrations that are postmarked by September 14, 2016.  In-person registration is available Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7 pm at Victoria Bowling Lanes, 280 Victoria Street South, Kitchener.

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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Our Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7 pm at K-W Habilitation Services, 108 Sydney Street South, Kitchener, 3rd floor boardroom, immediately preceding our regular monthly Community Council meeting.

All volunteers, parents and athletes are invited to the AGM as well as interested members of the public.  Registered SOO KW volunteers may request new items of business by sending written notice to kw@specialolympicsontario.ca at least 10 days prior to the AGM.

The agenda for the AGM shall include the following items:

  1. Call to order;
  2. Approval of agenda;
  3. Minutes of last meeting;
  4. Business arising out of the minutes;
  5. Executive reports;
  6. Sport Club reports;
  7. Reports as may be directed by the SOO KW Community Council;
  8. Election of new officers to the SOO KW Community Council;
  9. New business; and
  10. Adjournment.

New Fundraising Coordinator

Welcome to Lauren Ward, our new Fundraising Coordinator.  She can be reached at kw.fundco@specialolympicsontario.ca.  Further information is available under Donate on the left side of this page.

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.