Support Thomas Markhauser for the 2021 motionball Marathon Of Sport Ottawa

From July 10 to July 17th, I am participating in a week-long fundraiser called the motionball Marathon of Sport Ottawa. Throughout this week, I will be completing a variety of physical activities, tracking my total distance and raising important funds along the way. All funds raised at the event are donated to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, to support local Special Olympics athletes like Taylor.



"Taylor inspires us every day with the way he faces the world - fearless and with a big smile. He has had a number of obstacles to overcome in his life. motionball has had a direct impact on Taylor by giving him the chance to interact with young professionals and positive role models who look more at what he can do - not what he can't. This has made him more confident. In 2019, Taylor brought home 2 bronze medals from the National Summer Games in Nova Scotia and interviewed the legendary Don Cherry on his very own radio show." - Steve Redmond, parent and Special Olympics coach

With Special Olympics programs and initiatives on hold, our athletes need us more than ever. For many of them, Special Olympics is not just about sport, or staying fit and healthy, but also about providing a social network, a sense of belonging and a valuable source of stability – all essential to their mental and physical health. motionball’s goal is to raise the important funds needed in order to ensure that later this year, all Special Olympics programs can return stronger than ever, and that no athlete is left behind.

By making a donation to motionball, you're helping to ensure that athletes like Taylor have the resources they need to stay active at home and that when the time comes, they can safely return to the sport programs they love.

Thank you very much for your support, Thomas

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Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

Sophie Lacourse-Pudifin

Meet Sophie, 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 Sophie can get back to the playing field, and that no one is left behind.

 

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Rhythmic gymnastics ( won 7 gold medals for Canada at 2019 SO World games in Abu Dhabi); alpine skiing and golf ( but not since the pandemic)

 

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

I have many proud happy moments with Special Olympics. When I was chosen to represent Canada at the 2019 SO World games and I won 7 gold medals in the top level of rhythmic gymnastics I was very happy!! I was so proud to be honoured in the Senate after! I was also so happy to go to National games in Cornerbrook, Nfld in a winter sport, skiing! I am also so happy when I get-to contribute to motionball and the opportunity to meet new friends, stay active and travel.

 

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

I like to stay active and also paddle, swim, do ballet, hang out with friends and family. I try to get 10000 steps every day. O loved my job at a fitness centre but when COVID happened, I couldn't work there anymore. Presently I am a student at Algonquin college and am enjoying the hospitality and tourism kitchen steward program. I love to cook and bake!

 

What do you love most about motionball events?

I love meeting new people and helping my team have fun...and do well...and help raise money for Special Olympics

Fundraising Totals

I have raised $766 out of my goal of $100

100%

My team has raised $766 out of our goal of $1,000

77%

Team: Chelsea Athletica

My Wall Of Awesome

  • Katherine Markhauser  $60
  • Paul Markhauser  $60
  • Sarah Sinasac  $100
  • Thomas Markhauser  $340
  • Bradley Keenan  $156

HOW CAN YOUR DOLLARS HELP?

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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