Special Olympics’ loses a good friend, advocate and supporter of the movement – Jim Flaherty will be sadly missed …
Special Olympics Ontario is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of a dear friend and supporter, Mr. Jim Flaherty. Jim will be fondly remembered by many athletes, coaches and family members, many of whom had the pleasure of meeting him during the Special Olympics Hill Day back on November 26th, 2013.
Please click here to read statement by Special Olympics Canada.
2014 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Awards
Nominate Someone Today!
Tell us about them!
We are currently asking you to nominate some deserving athletes and volunteers in the following categories:
Male and Female Athlete of the Year
Athlete Life Time Achievement Award
Male and Female Coach of the Year
Volunteer of the Year (non-coach)
Team of the Year
Educator of the Year
To nominate someone for one of the above awards, simply visit the Provincial Awards Website before the deadline of May 11th, 2014.
National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Special Olympics Ontario's over 9,000 registered volunteers. Volunteers strengthen and make our community vibrant. Within Special Olympics, volunteers play an integral role and we are very grateful for their talents and dedication.
This National Volunteer Week, we honour the dedication and spirit of Special Olympics volunteers. From all the staff at Special Olympics Ontario, we thank all volunteers for your time, commitment and generosity in our mutual desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Drills and Thrills to Kick-Off the 2014 Bay Street Hoops Charity Basketball Tournament
To help mark the 20th Anniversary of Bay Street Hoops Charity Basketball Tournament taking place April 3-5, children and youth from Special Olympics Ontario and KidSport participated in some basketball drills with Raptors star Jonas Valanciunas. Jonas was invited to help kick-off the tournament at the Athletic Centre on the University of Toronto campus. The kick-off began with a photo session of Jonas and the participating children and youth. Then it was time to hit the courts for some ball-handling and dribbling skills and drills. Before Jonas had to leave he took some time to take photos and sign jerseys, hats and posters for his fans.
Spread the Word to End the Word
Special Olympics Ontario, Special Olympics International, and over 200 global organization are supporting an important initiative called the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. The goal is to inspire respect and acceptance through raising awareness about the R- word, and its hurtful impact towards people with intellectual disabilities.
Our hope is to Spread the Word to End the Word and eradicate the use of the words “retard” and “retarded” (The ‘R Word’) from society. The R-word hurts because it is offensive and derogatory. We encourage you to help amplify the message through social media by posting on Facebook or Twitter, re-tweeting or re-posting, and taking the pledge. Showing others you have pledged, and that you are proud to support this campaign, is one of the most powerful messages you can send.
Start tweeting today: We pledge #Respect through our words & actions. Pledge now to create communities of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Make sure to include #rword when you tweet or post on Facebook.
Why Pledge? The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.
This grassroots campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org. It also promotes the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Spread the Word to End the Word Student Video Challenge Special Olympics is pleased to announce and introduce a contest aimed at high school students across the province. The Spread the Word to End the Word School Video Contest is an exciting opportunity for students/schools to showcase their videography skills and support an amazing world-wide movement to eliminate the "R" word. We are challenging students from across Ontario to take the pledge and make their own Public Service Announcement to help create inclusive communities in their schools and neighbourhoods. All contest rules can found at http://rword.specialolympicsontario.ca.
Special Olympics Ontario Unveils New Team Ontario Tagline
After an intense month of voting, Special Olympics Ontario is proud to unveil Team Ontario’s new tag line for the 2014 National Summer Games. With the incorporation of the provincial flag, “Bring it ON” truly embraces this team’s provincial spirit, commitment to improvement and dedication to sport. The logo includes the Union Jack found in the canton of the Ontario flag, which is represented in the “O”. The Ontario shield of arms encompassed in the “N”.