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International Movement

Special Olympics Inc., to which Special Olympics Canada and Special Olympics Québec are affiliated, is active in 170 countries with over 4.2 millions special athletes, 500,000 volunteers around the world and more than 338,000 coaches who participate in more than 70,000 competitions each year. The organization's goal is to promote year-round sports programs and competitions in a large variety of sports adapted for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

In Canada

Special Olympics Canada (SOC) oversees the movement's activities in the 10 provinces and 3 territories. In addition to representing the movement at Sport Canada and managing the national fundraising programs, SOC organizes, in collaboration with the provincial offices, the Special Olympic National Games every two years alternately with the preparation of Team Canada for the Special Olympics World Games the following year.

In Québec

Special Olympics Québec (SOQ) is a registered charity as well as a not for profit organization based on voluntary work. SOQ is a grassroots, multi-sport (17) and single disability (intellectual disability) sports federation recognized by the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement suprérieur and Sports-Québec. Its board of directors is made up of people from the sport and business communities and includes a volunteer representative responsible for liaison with members and the Provincial Program Committee (PPC) chairperson elected by delegates of the movement's active local committees.

Twice a year, each local chapter is asked to delegate a member-at-large to the Provincial Programme Committee (PPC), a meeting where topics relevant to the movement and daily life of special athletes, their coaches and volunteer companions are addressed. An executive committee made up of five elected members oversees this group and meets 4 to 6 times each year. The president of the PPC's executive committee also sits on the board of directors of Special Olympics Québec as vice-president of Programs.

Noëlla Douglas founded the Special Olympics movement in Québec in 1981. Her name has been given to an award given each year to a volunteer in recognition of his or her accomplishments. 

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