Four Special Olympic athletes show off their medals
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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.

Feature News

GOLD At World Games

Special Olympics Kitchener-Waterloo is excited to announce that our athlete, Peter Snider, has won gold in the 200m race. We could not be more proud.

Edit: As of March 19th - Peter Snider has also won gold in long jump and Joe Covaci has won bronze in the 3000m run.

Edit: As of March 20th - Peter Snider has won silver in the 4x100m relay.

Peter Snider on medal platform with other Special Olympic athletes

Athletes' Awards Dinner

Special Olympics Kitchener-Waterloo athlete ambassador, John, was recognized at the Athletes' Awards Dinner held at Bingemans on March 19, 2019. We are so very proud of the hard work John puts into this amazing organization.

Powerlifting Provincial Qualifiers

This past St. Paddy's weekend in Guelph, Special Olympics athletes participated in the powerlifting provincial qualifier. Big thank you to our coaches! Head coach Sasha has done an amazing job with our group of athletes and training them for this big day, coaching them to reach for their best.

Powerlifting team posing with coaches
Open ceremony at the World Games in Abu Dhabi

World Games Begin

The Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi are officially on their way. We are so proud to have two athletes from Kitchener-Waterloo participating in track: Peter Snider and Joe Covaci. We wish them all the best of luck and a huge congratulations for making it his far.

Special Olympics Ontario athletes and non-athletes with an Intellectual Disability are invited to attend two upcoming Healthy Athletes Screenings in Kitchener-Waterloo. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program is a worldwide initiative that provides FREE health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities.

2018 - 2019 Sports Registration

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 12, 2018.

In-person registration is available Tuesday, September 11 from 5 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.

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