Welcome to Central Ontario!
We provide quality sport training programs and competitions for athletes living with an intellectual disability in the district of Central Ontario.
Communities include those from across Bruce, Grey, Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, the Kawarthas and Peterborough.
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.
Special Olympics Ontario has launched its Return to Competition banner, the Hometown Games! Any and all competitions from April 2022 for the following year will be supported by Special Olympics Ontario, and aim to remove any barriers for athletes to get back to the playing field in their favourite sports.
With customized medals, promotional support and organizational assistance, communities can welcome athletes from across their area to a fun day of meaningful competition and continue to enrich the lives of athletes across the province, through sport.
For more information on Hometown Games, please visit https://sohometowngames.com/.
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/.