Welcome to the 
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.

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News Flash

  • SPRING GAMES 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT! Please note that the 2020 Provincial Spring Games have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For full information on Special Olympics Ontario's response to the pandemic, please visit https://www1.specialolympicsontario.com/covid-19-updates/.
    Posted May 8, 2020, 2:39 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Read All About It! (please click on the title to be taken to the post with the linked document) The Fall 2019 Provincial News Update is hot off the press. Read all about important news from Special Olympics Ontario: Resources, Sport & Competition, Awards, and more! As ever, if you have any questions about anything, please start with your District Developer - Hellaina at hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com.
    Posted Sep 25, 2019, 4:38 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Team Ontario Announcement: Winter Nationals 2020, Here We Come! (click on post title to be taken to article with attachment) Central Ontario will be well-represented on Team Ontario in Thunder Bay February 25-29 for the National Winter Games. Athletes will compete in Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoe racing, speed and figure skating, curling, floor hockey and 5-pin bowling. Click on the announcement below to find out whose coming from where. For more information on the Games, visit http://specialolympics2020.com/. 
    Posted Jul 9, 2019, 1:37 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
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Suspension of Programs due to Covid-19

In consultation with local and provincial health authorities and Special Olympics programs across Canada, Special Olympics Ontario is directing that all local sport programs, competitions, fundraisers and any related activities remain suspended until July 31, 2020.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of this pandemic on a month to month basis and advise you on or before July 31st. While the province begins to open up services regionally, the obligation for safety, security, protocols and liability lies with the business or organization. Sport in general and Special Olympics specifically, has a duty of care beyond the normal scope of most organizations.

Special Olympics Ontario is working with Special Olympics Canada and all Chapters on finding the best way to navigate this challenging situation. For certain, guidelines and procedures need symmetry across the country, always respecting the population we serve and those who volunteer to do so.

Protecting the health and safety of everyone involved is the primary objective, while getting programs operational in some form. Stay informed by going to our website www.specialolympicsontario.com for the latest updates.

Should you have any questions or would like to speak with a staff person about the pandemic, please email covid19@specialolympicsontario.com or call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311, leave a message and we will follow up.


Healthy @ Home
Stay healthy and stay connected at home with Special Olympics Ontario's online resources, found at the provincial website home page: http://specialolympicsontario.com/

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2018/2019 - 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/