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.

Thank You, Justin!

SOO KW would like to thank Justin Lavoie, Vice President of Colliers International, for his donation in support of our athletes.

2017 Provincial Summer Games

The award-winning 4 x 400 relay team, including KW athletes Melissa, Kate and Marley.

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.  Overall, the run raised $2900 for our athletes.

SOO KW Annual Holiday Ball

Holiday Ball tickets are free for all registered SOO KW volunteers, including Head Coaches and Council members.  Tickets are limited, however, since we were almost at capacity last year.  If you are sure that you plan to attend this year, please request a ticket NOW from Sharon Lavoie (info below) plus tickets for others who will be attending with you.  Athletes are $5 and all others are $20.

We are having a Holiday Ball for all SOO KW athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents and caregivers on Tuesday, November 28 from 5:30 to 9 pm at Conestoga Catering, 110 Manitou Dr, Kitchener, ON N2C 1L3.  Arrival will be 5:30 to 6 pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner and dancing.  Our Canadian and Provincial athletes will be acknowledged as well as our coaches and volunteers.  During a music break, names will be drawn for door prizes.  Some photographs will be taken during the evening.  The Number 10 and 12 buses (Grand River Transit Routes 10 and 12) are nearby.

Sharon Lavoie, our Community Coordinator, has volunteered to document names, collect money and distribute tickets for this event.  Cost is $5 for athletes and $20 for parents, caregivers and friends.    Everyone must sign up for the evening by November 14 and get a ticket from her in order to attend.  Tickets must be purchased by November 14 so that the caterers can prepare the appropriate number of dinners.  No walk-in tickets will be available on the night of the event!

2017 Canada Summer Games

SOO KW athlete Eric Pomery competed in two track events at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.  Here he is with Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada!  Very exciting!

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