A few words about us

The Special Olympics movement is active in 170 countries. Its mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) through sport. More than 4.2 millions special athletes of all ages are registered worldwide and 47 500 in Canada, with nearly 8000 taking part in the recreational or competition programs offered throughout Québec. SOQ's network of annual competitions includes 80 events for all skill levels and in each of its 17 official sports.

In addition to programs specifically designed for people living with an intellectual disability, the Special Olympics movement encourages and facilitates their access to regular sports programs offered in their community in specific sports. It also has technical training and professional development opportunities for its members and volunteers.

Furthermore, the movement supports the establishment and development of local committees with the task of linking its activities and programs with those of existing sports clubs and associations in their communities. At the heart of our mission, the integration into society of athletes living with an intellectual disability is an increasingly topical issue. Special athletes take part in the Montreal Games, in the regional and provincial finals of the Québec Games and in the Canada Games.

Finally, SOQ provides tools and organizes promotional activities to raise public awareness of the benefits of sports in the development and inclusion of people of all ages living with an intellectual disability.

History about Special Olympics

In the early sixties, Dr. Frank Hayden, a Toronto researcher and teacher, demonstrated that, when given the chance, people with an intellectual disability could increase their fitness level as well as their social and motor skills through sports.

His research drew the attention of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Washington-based Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and led to the creation of Special Olympics Inc. in 1968.

In September 1981. The Special Olympics movement celebrated its 30th anniversary in Québec in 2011.

It was founded in 1981 by Noëlla Douglas. Today retired, she was an educator in a rehabilitation centre for people with an intellectual disability

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