As part of its ongoing support of Special Olympics and Canadians living with intellectual disabilities, motionball is proud to announce the launch of its YELLOWCARD Campaign on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with the first annual YELLOWCARD Day. The campaign hopes to see 36,000 Canadians take the pledge online to stop using the “R-word” - a figure that reflects the number of registered Special Olympics athletes across Canada.
In soccer, a yellow card is shown to offending players as a warning that they have crossed a line; in the same way, the YELLOWCARD Campaign aims to inform Canadians that using the “R-word” is offensive to those living with intellectual disabilities even if used in a way that seems harmless. By informing and engaging without being punitive or threatening, the YELLOWCARD Campaign hopes to invite and inspire change, not force it.
For more information, please visit www.motionball.com/yellowcard
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
On 27 September 2014, the fifth global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. While 4 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, we unite on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in over 100 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.
For more information, please visit www.eksday.org
DISTRICT COACHES AND TEAM MANAGERS ANNOUNCEMENT
Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce district coaches and team managers for the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games. The Provincial Games will be held in North Bay from January 29 - February 1, 2015 and will host over 425 athletes, coaches and mission staff from across the province. It is a qualifying event for the 2016 National Winter Games which will be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
For more information about the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games, please click here.
Congratulations to all selected coaches and team managers! Please click on the PDF file below to see the complete list of coaches and team managers.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE JYSK
CHAMPIONS START AT HOME CAMPAIGN
Since 2007, JYSK has been running in-store campaigns to raise funds and increase awareness of Special Olympics so we can reach even more Canadians with an intellectual disability and their families. This year’s campaign, Champions Start at Home will launch on August 30th and run through to September 30 with proceeds going to support the growth of Special Olympics in communities across Canada.
Please visit your local JYSK store to donate. Click on the link to find an Ontario store location near you: http://www.jysk.ca/jysk-locations
Special Olympics Canada Announces Its
26th Annual 2014 National Award Recipients
Special Olympics Canada is honoured to announce the winners of this year’s Special Olympics Canada national awards to be presented at the Special Olympics Festival Gala in Toronto. The national awards program, currently in its 26th year, highlights the achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers, who have made a difference in the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics Ontario is thrilled to recognize the honourees, especially the three award recipients from Ontario! Congratulations to Stephen Graham, Nicole Fergusan and Bob Nicholson on their accomplishments!
Special Olympics Canada national award winners:
Male Athlete of the Year – Stephen Graham, ON
Dr. Frank Hayden Award – Nicole Ferguson, ON
Harry “Red” Foster Award – Bob Nicholson, ON
Female Athlete of the Year – Samantha Currie, MB
Female Coach of the Year – Tanya Smith, NL
Male Coach of the Year – TBD
Team of the Year – D’Bears, MB
Jim Thompson Award – Darren Whitehead, SK
Festival Volunteer of the Year – Lorraine LeClair, NB
Rob Plunkett LETR – TBD
Dr. Frank Hayden Award – Joint winners Nicole Ferguson, ON and Brita Hall, MB
Harry “Red” Foster Award – Bob Nicholson, ON
Provincial Convenor Announcement
Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of the Provincial Convenors.
The Provincial Convenors will be responsible for working with Special Olympics Ontario and the Conference Convenors to enhance the competition opportunities in their sport and to further the Sport Development and Strategic Plans.
Click here to read more and see list of convenors
2015 Special Olympics Ontario
Provincial Winter Games
District Training Squads
Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce District Training Squads for the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games. The Provincial Games will be held in North Bay from January 29-February 1, and will host over 425 athletes, coaches and mission staff from across the province. It is a qualifying event for the 2016 National Winter Games which will be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
Click HERE for details.
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