Support Kirsten Walraven for the 2021 motionball Marathon Of Sport McMaster University

I am proud to be participating in the 2021 March Madness challenge.

We can't gather in person to run any on-campus fundraisers this year, so we need your support more than ever. Funds raised at this even will ensure that Special Olympic athletes have the resources they need to stay active at home and when programs are safe to return no athlete gets left behind

Your donation is critical in supporting athletes participating in Special Olympics programs at every level, from the athletes who bring home gold medals and make Canada proud on the world stage to the thousands who look forward to weekly practice for fitness, fun, and friendship. You are supporting the parents, siblings, caregivers and friends of individuals with intellectual disabilities, who imagine a world of inclusion & endless possibilities.

By supporting motionball, you are helping raise important funds and creating awareness for the Special Olympics movement and making it possible for more people with intellectual disabilities to benefit from the transformative power of sport.

Thank you for your consideration -- any support is greatly appreciated.

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 $1,325 out of my goal of $1,000


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


My Wall Of Awesome

  • Kirsten Walraven  $75
  • Matthew Wright
  • Connie Walraven  $100
  • Jonathan Lane-Smith
  • Rob Clark  $25
  • Stephen Mahoney  $40
  • Stephen Kessler  $40
  • Ron Masengi  $50
  • leanne deweerd  $40
  • Gena Wiersma  $30
  • Joy Walraven  $50
  • Aarushi Bahl
  • Gordon Wright  $50
  • Kayla Kucera
  • Maggie Russell  $25


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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motionball for Special Olympics is sponsored nationally by