The Owen Sound Community of Special Olympics Ontario is a continuously growing organization whose athletes participate in a variety of different sports and whose volunteers are passionate about their involvement. Every facet of our community is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and we are proud of our dedicated Community Council of volunteers who are continuously striving to provide increasingly amazing experiences. We welcome you to join our extraordinary community as an athlete or a volunteer!
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport.
Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities all across Ontario.
About Special Olympics Ontario
Special Olympics promotes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and develop skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
Over the past 50 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Special Olympics Ontario is a volunteer driven organization with some 18,000 athletes and 8,000 volunteers registered across the province. Athletes range in age from 8 - 80 and have the opportunity to train in 18 core sports.
To learn more about the history of Special Olympics, click here.
Acknowledgment of Traditional Land
We acknowledge that our Special Olympics Ontario community is located on/in the traditional territory of the Anishiaabek, Six Nations of the Grand River, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples. We also acknowledge that our communities reside within the lands of the Saugeen Treaty 45 1/2, 1836.
Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work, live and play on this land.