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.

2018 ISC World Fastball Tournament

Special Olympics athletes, parents, caregivers and friends are invited to one of the games of the 2018 ISC World Fastball Tournament in Kitchener.  Some SOO K-W athletes will be playing ball during this event. The game is Wednesday August 15 at 5 pm at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Diamond 3.  The address is 220 Hayward Avenue, near Courtland Avenue East. Parking is at the Activa Sportsplex or St. Mary's High School. Athletes, parents, workers and friends are all invited to watch. When you come to the gates, let them know you are with Special Olympics and you will get in for free.

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

Notice of Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm at KW Habilitation, 99 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 3S8.  Board meeting to follow. 

The proposed 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.
Members who wish to have new business placed on the agenda must give written notice by August 26 by sending an email to:

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

14th Annual Brant County Truck Convoy

for Special Olympics

Special Olympic athletes and families are welcome to attend the 14th Annual Brant County Truck Convoy for Special Olympics held on Saturday September 15th at the Paris Fairgrounds from  8 am to 3 pm. Athletes may wear their SOO shirts and medals if they wish. The athletes are invited to ride in one of the big rigs with a truck driver for a 45 minute ride! Super fun! We strongly encourage those athletes who would like to ride in a truck to book your time ahead by sending an email to  This will prevent lineups. This is not mandatory but is encouraged. A lunch at no cost will also be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Oakville Track Meet

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

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