Support Lauren Turner for the 2021 motionball Marathon Of Sport McMaster University

McMaster motionball has had such a positive impact on my life and over my undergrad, I have seen it play a positive role in the lives of every single person who has participated in and supported this amazing cause. Even though we can't gather in person this year, I am so excited for out 2021 virtual March Madness challenge!

motionball allows every single athlete, regardless of intellectual disabilities, the opportunity to participate in sports AND be a part of a community that centres around the celebration of what makes each of us unique in our own special ways.

I ask each of you to think about the impact that even a $5 donation to motionball this year could mean for each of the Special Olympic athletes. It will ensure that the athletes have the resources they need to stay active at home and prepare programs so that when they are safe to return no athlete gets left behind!

Thank you for your consideration as any support is greatly appreciated and makes it possible for more people with intellectual disabilities to benefit from the transformative power of sport.

For more information on motionball or how you can join me in the 2021 March Madness challenge please visit


Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

Melissa Rinaldi
Meet Melissa, a Special Olympics athlete who represents the 50,000 Canadians with an intellectual disability who participate in Special Olympics programs. Your support is ensuring athletes like Melissa can get back to the playing field, and that no one is left behind.

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Bocce & track and field

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Being with my friends at the track and field events!

How do you like to spend your time outside of Special Olympics? (jobs, hobbies, activities, etc)

Playing with dogs, listening to music, having fun with my drama/theatre group, and skating!

What do you love most about motionball events?

Making new friends!

My Activity Goal

Corporate teams have been challenged by their employers to hit a certain number of minutes of fitness-based activities.

I have completed 0 minutes.

Our team has completed 1,445 minutes of our goal of 1


Fundraising Totals

I have raised $510 out of my goal of $750


My team has raised $7,260 out of our goal of $5,000


My Wall Of Awesome

  • Brenda Turner  $100
  • Alex Turner  $10
  • Claire Pinchen  $100
  • Michael Long  $50
  • Colleen Younder  $50
  • Clark Evans  $100
  • Jocelyne Abbott  $50


motionball for Special Olympics is a registered not-for-profit corporation, raising money for Special Olympics programs across Canada. 70% of the funds we raise are distributed to programs in the province where they are raised, with the remainder going to the long-term funding of programs through the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

While COVID-19 has affected us all, Special Olympics athletes are feeling the effects of this global pandemic more than most. Sport programs are suspended, competitions have been cancelled, and many athletes remain stuck indoors, at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general population. Now more than ever, the role of motionball in these athlete’s lives is incredibly important. As one of the Special Olympics’ largest funding partners in Canada, motionball has donated over $13M to date. motionball supporters are dedicated to ensuring that every local club and program can return stronger than before, and that no Special Olympics athlete is left behind.

  • 49,626

    The number of Special Olympics athletes across Canada

  • 20,184

    Child and youth Special Olympics athletes across Canada

  • 21,953

    The number of Special Olympics Canada volunteers

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