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Central Ontario 
District Site! 
We provide quality sport training programs and competitions for athletes living with an intellectual disability in the district of Central Ontario.

If you're an athlete, a coach, or a volunteer, or thinking of becoming one, check us out and learn about the exciting opportunities that we have to offer.

If you like to hang out on Twitter, follow District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg: @HellainaR

News Flash

  • Special Olympics: United Around the World! (click on title to go to post with photo) In March, SOO-Orillia athlete Stephen Graham will be travelling to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Final Leg of the Torch Run for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Stephen is one of eight athletes world-wide who were selected for this amazing event. During his time there, he will be part of the Polar Plunge: yes, a pool of cold, freezing ice! Stephen is asking for donations for this event. 100% of the funds Stephen raises will come back to Special Olympics Ontario, with 50% of the donations being directed to programs in Orillia. Please support the vital services that Special Olympics provide by donating online.  "Thank you in ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 1:43 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Bravo, Central Ontario at Provincial Winter Games! (click on title to go to post with photo) What an amazing 2019 Provincial Winter Games it was in Sault Ste Marie... Six sports, over a hundred Central Ontario athletes and coaches, and medals galore. Congratulations on all successes! See Games photos here: http://www.ace-incorporated.com/special-olympics-event-photos/?fbclid=IwAR0Ka4WBaHtGixmcs9Nuo94SnTl38tJAOD7shQISeCBKjvmMI0R0gfu8tjQSee Results here: http://ssm2019games.com/results/ 
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 1:41 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Congratulations 2018 Award Winners: Central Ontario Should be Proud! (please click on title to be taken to article with photo) In reviewing the list of 2018 Provincial Award Winners found at http://www1.specialolympicsontario.com/blog/2018-provincial-awards-announcment/, let's take pride in the accomplishments of those in communities across Central district:Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award: Wayne Morton, Central BruceFemale Coach of the Year: Kathy McCarroll, BarrieVolunteer of the Year: Barb King, Owen SoundEducator of the Year: Ernie Ellement, PeterboroughSchool Athlete of the Year: Jake Nelson, Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes S.S.
    Posted Jan 28, 2019, 11:01 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
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March 25th:
Special Olympics Day Across Ontario
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary year for the Special Olympics movements, communities across the province held events with local Law Enforcement Torch Run and Knights of Columbus, to mark 50 days until the Invitational Youth Games. There was great turnout in communities across Central Ontario!

A Special Year for Special Olympics: 
our 50th Anniversary!
Who knew fifty years ago that a one-day sports festival for athletes with an intellectual disability would become a global movement for inclusion? Well, more than a few people that day in 1968 at Soldier's Field in Chicago certainly must have! Canada was represented by a Floor Hockey team from Toronto, and the vision came from a young researcher in Ontario: Dr. Frank Hayden. Read on to learn more about the history of how Special Olympics was born, as we celebrate what it has become: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-how-the-special-olympics-were-born/