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Quebec “lights up” in red for a more inclusive society
20 July 2018
Quebec “lights up” in red for a more inclusive society

Montreal, July 20, 2018– Fifty years ago, in July 1968, the first international summer games for young athletes living with intellectual deficiencies were presented in Chicago and marked the beginning of the Special Olympics movement. Set up by Dr. Frank Hayden, a Western University researcher, this movement was built on the belief that sport needed to be accessible to people with intellectual disabilities and that it would be of great benefit to them. To date, multiple studies have clearly shown that sport and competition contribute significantly to the development, employability and social inclusion of people living with intellectual disabilities.


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Special Olympics Canada Announces Associate Coaches for 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Team Canada Roster
11 April 2018
Special Olympics Canada Announces Associate Coaches for 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Team Canada Roster

Toronto, ON, April 11, 2018 – Special Olympics Canada is excited to announce the successful associate coach applicants who will be a part of Special Olympics Team Canada heading to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March. These 14 individuals were chosen based on an extensive selection criteria and subsequent interviews from a pool of over 150 qualified applicants. Special Olympics Canada would like to thank all applicants for their time and commitment in the application process and congratulations to the selected individuals!


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Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships - Information for family and friends
3 April 2018
Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships -  Information for family and friends

Welcome Family & Friends!

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Family & Friends registration. We are looking forward to a wonderful week showcasing PEI culture, along with the friendships that will be strengthened as these athletes try their best!


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Special Olympics Canada Applauds Federal Government Supporting a Shared Vision of Sports for All Through Increased Funding in 2018 Budget
27 February 2018
Special Olympics Canada Applauds Federal Government Supporting a Shared Vision of Sports for All Through Increased Funding in 2018 Budget

TORONTO, ON, February 27, 2018 –Today marks another important milestone for Special Olympics Canada (SOC), not only are we celebrating 50 years of transforming the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities through sport, The Government of Canada’s 2018 federal budget has approved an incremental $16 million for SOC over the next five years plus $2M per year ongoing. This funding represents an increase of $6 million from the 2014 incremental financing and will supplement Sport Canada’s current annual funding of more than $2.8 million.


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THE 2018 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE RAISES $55 000 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUÉBEC ATHLETES
17 February 2018
THE 2018 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE RAISES $55 000  FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUÉBEC ATHLETES

Montreal, February 17, 2018 –Thirty-six teams leapt into the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River this Saturday at the Lachine Canoe Club and offered a dazzling show as part of the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge. The fundraising event, organized by the police officers of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee, raised $55 000 for Special Olympics Québec athletes.


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