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#NoGoodWay: Oct 1 is the launch of the YELLOWCARD campaign!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 10:30 AM by Rebecca Levin

Today is YELLOWCARD Day: a day to raise awareness around the damaging effects of the R-word. Join motionball in taking the pledge and become an ambassador for the cause because there’s #nogoodway to use the R-word. Take the pledge today: http://www.motionball.com/yellowcard/

'Greater Durham Special Olympics' Athletics coach Janet White receives a 'Coaches Association of Ontario’ award

posted Sep 29, 2014, 12:48 PM by Rebecca Levin

The entire Special Olympics community in Durham Region is very proud of our ‘Athletics’ head coach Janet White.

Janet was one of nine coaches in the province that were recognized at the ‘2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards’ this past Saturday in Toronto.

 Janet’s award was in the ‘Everyone Matters’ category, where the recipient has positively influenced the culture of their team, organization or community by embracing diversity and inclusiveness.  Over time, they have demonstrated the value of committing to an all-encompassing approach and have made a difference by reaching out across genders and age groups to newcomers and disabled athletes.   

 “Since taking on the job of head coach for the Special Olympics Track and Field program in Durham Region, Janet has helped her athletes understand that even in an individual sport like track and field they are all part of a team.  Janet has many NCCP coaching certifications and also mentors some of her athletes to become certified coaches.  Janet delivers well-structured practices each week that help develop each of the athletes to the best of their abilities.  She achieves this for athletes of all levels – from those who celebrate a 50m run without stopping or crossing their lane, to athletes who have gone on to win medals at provincial, national and world games”.    

 We thank all of the athletes (and their parents/care givers) who came out to assist the ‘Coaches Association of Ontario’ film their video on Janet. 

This video can be watched at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbWqq1M5rFQ&feature=youtu.be   

 Thanks also to the ‘Athletics’ program mother and athlete for taking the time and doing the work to nominate Janet.

 Congratulations and well deserved JANET … you are certainly a “coach on fire”!




Congratulations High 5 Ambassador Jake Gardiner!

posted Jul 30, 2014, 8:41 AM by Rebecca Levin

Congratulations to our dear friend, Honorary National Games Coach and High 5 Club Celebrity Ambassador Jake Gardiner for signing on to play with the Toronto Maple Leafs for five more years! Thank you for all your hard work to strengthen the Special Olympics movement!

Mary Browns Day: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

posted Jul 28, 2014, 11:21 AM by Rebecca Levin   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 12:50 PM ]

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, Mary Brown stores across Canada will be celebrating Mary Browns Day!  $2 from the sale of Mary Browns meal will go towards the Mary Brown Fund helping Special Olympics Canada!  Over the past 10 years, The Mary Brown’s Fund has raised over $250,000.00 in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Special Olympics Canada. For more information, go here: http://marybrowns.com/fund/

The World Games are One Year Away!

posted Jul 28, 2014, 8:36 AM by Rebecca Levin

In just one year, 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 countries will be competing at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015! The Games will be nine days, and will celebrate the Special Olympics movement! They are  the largest event in Los Angeles since the ’84 Olympics.


We will be letting you know soon what Special Olympics Ontario athletes have qualified to the World Games! For more information about this event, please go to: http://www.la2015.org/one-year-away/




Coaching Excellence Awards

posted Jul 24, 2014, 1:16 PM by Rebecca Levin

Coaches are vital to the success of sports. Their dedication to the team and commitment to athletic improvement help all athletes thrive.It is time to show our appreciation to Coaches and thank them for their patience, devotion and hard work!  Nominate a  Coach to be recognized at the Coaching Excellence Awards, September 20th, 2014 as part of Ontario Coaching Week.The deadline to nominate has been extended to August 15, 2014.

Click here to find out more and nominate your Coach today!

Special Olympics Ontario's Photo Contest

posted Jul 24, 2014, 12:50 PM by Rebecca Levin

 CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Special Olympics Ontario is delighted to announce our first ever
Photo Contest!

Do you have a great photo of a Special Olympics Ontario athlete, team or event?  If so, we would love to see it! From May 28 to July 31, 2014, Special Olympics Ontario will be accepting submissions. 

Click here for more details: http://www.specialolympicsontario.com/default.asp?contentID=318

Team Ontario successful at the 2014 National Summer Games in Vancouver!

posted Jul 24, 2014, 12:19 PM by Rebecca Levin   [ updated Jul 24, 2014, 12:21 PM ]

The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games were truly an inspirational and memorable sporting experience! All members of Team Ontario showed their personal best, both on and off the field.  Our province was well-represented by the athletes: Team Ontario won a total of 437 medals!  Not only did their athletic abilities shine, but their sportsmanship and positive attitudes attracted fans across the country.  We would like to thank all the coaches and mission staff, volunteers, friends, family members and supporters for helping Team Ontario #BringItON! 

To learn more about the past week, please go to: http://team.specialolympicsontario.ca/home-1



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