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Special Olympics

Special Olympics Canada, one of 170 programs within the worldwide movement, is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national, non-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities to more than 34,000 athletes of all ages and abilities.

More than 16,400 volunteers, including over 13,000 trained coaches, currently support Special Olympics programs every day in virtually every community nationwide.

Special Olympics Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter competitions with Special Olympics World Games being held in the year immediately following national competitions. The first national competition was held in Toronto, Ontario in 1969 and attracted some 1400 participants from across the country.

Special Olympics in Canada is structured into regional, provincial and national programs and competitions. Special Olympics athletes also have the opportunity to participate along with more than 180 other countries in Special Olympics World Games, which alternate every two years between summer and winter competitions.