Support Leo Taillon for the 2021 motionball Marathon Of Sport Toronto

On September 25, I am participating in an all-day fundraiser called motionball Marathon of Sport: Challenge 21. While fundraising is one of our goals, Marathon of Sport is about so much more. This day not only brings awareness to the Special Olympics movement, but allows people with and without intellectual disabilities to interact, build lifelong friendships, and ultimately create more inclusive communities. The highlight of this event each year, is having the opportunity to compete alongside 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. Last year, 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 friends at Special Olympics 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.

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 later this year, they can safely return to the sport programs they love.

Thank you very much for your support, Leo

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Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

Fareed Champsi
What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Swimming, Floor hockey, Track&Field and Baseball

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Winning gold medal in the 400m freestyle

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

Playing Xbox

What do you love most about motionball events?

Making new friends
Nerissa Elysia Pooran
What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Track and Field, Swimming

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

My first National Games in 1998

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

Leisure swim, personal training, jogging, movies, music, dancing, cooking classes, internet (National Geographic, Netflix etc., colouring pictures, sticker art, socializing with family and friends

What do you love most about motionball events?

Meeting people, participating in the various events, being with my friends and representing Special Olympics
Ruby Lappin
What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Basketball, softball, curling, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, golf

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Playing unified soccer for Special Olympics Ontario Toronto FC at BMO field

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

Working at a hair salon, colouring, hanging with my family and pets

What do you love most about motionball events?

Seeing all my friend and playing all day
Kevin Timberlake
What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Basketball

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Going to Vancouver with my baseball team and my wife who was a coach.

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

Watching Nascar and building model cards, etc.

What do you love most about motionball events?

Getting to meet different people and the opportunity to travel

Fundraising Totals

I have raised $3,065 out of my goal of $1,000

100%

My team has raised $85,684 out of our goal of $100,000

86%

My Wall Of Awesome

  • Ron/Ruth Zaparanuik
  • Sherri Reynders  $105
  • Carol Salamone  $35
  • Sabrina Leeder
  • Justin & Ashlie Taylor
  • Jasmine Oldham  $525
  • Doug Wood  $150
  • Jason Oldham  $527
  • Alexa McCarthy
  • Nancy Melcher  $105
  • Shanna Linger  $35
  • Sarah Maclachlan
  • Anne Marie Taillon
  • Michael Banh
  • Jim & Tracey Williamson  $300
  • Michelle Gignac  $70
  • Julia McDonald  $105
  • Tim Golden  $150
  • Mallory Smith  $50
  • Monique Van Wel  $100
  • Ginger Jackson  $75
  • Jamie Hakonson  $100
  • Tara Mees  $100

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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