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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.

In Running Colour 2017

Our annual fundraiser, In Running Colour, was held May 27.  Top fundraisers were the mother and daughter team of Kayla Garbutt (left) and Cheryl Hanley (right) who raised $500 and won this barbecue donated by Broil King.


The Snider Family manned the blue station for the run.  How can you tell?!?

Danielle, Lynn, Emily and Connie Snider




2017 Provincial Summer Games

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.

2017 Canada Summer Games

Congratulations to Eric Pomery 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.

2017 World Winter Games

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!

Staples Fundraiser

SOO KW athletes worked at three local Staples stores in May, raising $750.  John Emslie, pictured below, is one of our best athlete volunteers.



Torch Run 2017


Members of the police force presenting a cheque to SOO KW athletes Andrew Johnston and Tom Pilarski and to SOO President & CEO Glenn MacDonell.  Andrew and Tom both ran in the Torch Run this year and have qualified to compete in Athletics in the 2017 Provincial Summer Games.

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