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.

Canada Bowling Championships

Two of our Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo athletes qualified for the Canada Bowling Championships in PEI (May 13-17). Calvin LaPierre qualified in 5-pin bowling and David Heinrichs qualified in 10-pin bowling. David achieved a silver and two gold medals.

David Heinrichs and his team members.

2018 Canada Summer Games

Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo is very proud to announce that six of our community athletes have qualified to participate in the 2018 Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, NS (July 31 - August 4).  Track athletes qualifying are Peter Snider, Chris Litwiller, Joe Covaci, Kathleen Sgro, John Emslie, and Andrew Johnston.

Our community needs to raise much-needed funds for the athletes to ensure that they attend training camps ahead of the National Games, so that they are at the top of their game. Funds are also needed to assist with the expenses related to transportation, meals, accommodation, and uniforms. At a minimum, we need to raise $1,200 per athlete.

The athletes are so deserving of this great opportunity and a trip of a lifetime. These trips allow them to create new friendships and memories, along with an opportunity to achieve winning a medal or two. Please help us today by making a donation, which will help in putting our athletes on the road to success and the opportunity to shine on a national platform.

For information on the Canada Summer Games - click here

Oakville Track Meet

Rain didn’t dampen our spirits at the Oakville Track meet.
June 23, 2018

Tim Hortons Day of Inclusion

Tim Hortons is a new national Special Olympics partner.  To celebrate 50 years of Special Olympics, Tim Hortons is holding a Day of Inclusion on July 21.  A Special Olympics donut, designed by a Special Olympics athlete, will be available with a portion of the proceeds going to Special Olympics.  Support our athletes by visiting a Tim Hortons near you on July 21.

Thank you KW Health Connection

Your fundraising for Joe Covaci is greatly appreciated.  Joe will be representing Ontario as a Track athlete at the 2018 Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, NS (July 31 - August 4).

Joe Covaci with Dr. Erika Holenski

Waterloo Regional Police Court Services

 50th Annual Athletic Awards Banquet

Congratulations to our track athletes shown below who qualified to compete in the 2018 Canada Summer Games in Nova Scotia.  These athletes and their coaches were honoured at the City of Kitchener 50th Annual Athletic Awards banquet on March 20, 2018.

Chris Litwiller, Joe Covaci, Kathleen Sgro, John Emslie, Andrew Johnston

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