Support Rosie Peterson for the 2021 motionball Marathon Of Sport Hamilton

On September 18, I am participating in an all-day fundraiser called motionball Marathon of Sport. 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 for 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, Rosie

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Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

Taylor Bennett

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

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

I participate in figure skating, track and field and bowling.

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Winning a silver medal at Nationals in Thunder Bay for figure skating.

How do you like to spend your time outside of Special Olympics?

I spend a lot of time on the ice because I love it so much but I also dance. I love spending time with my family especially travelling and my friends. Me and my dog Keeva spend a lot of time together too. I keep in touch with all my friends from other places that I have met through Special Olympics on FaceTime or texting. I also have a website called taylorstravels (Find me on Instagram) that I post lots of my travel pics on and am selling patches and stickers to raise money for Special Olympics.

Danielle Smith

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

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Golf, bowling, soccer, bocce ball

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Making Provincial s in 5 pin and 10 pin bowling.

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

Swimming, listening to music, watching tv, horseback riding

What do you love most about motionball events?

All the people!

Stephanie Vandamme

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

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

I participated in Rhythmic Gymnastics. I will try another sports next time.

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Competing in S.O. World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011

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

I do internet surfing for Broadway shows or musicals; I do word search puzzles, I listen to my favourite songs from the musicals; I go see movies with my family when the theatres are open; I love to go swimming!

What do you love most about motionball events?

Playing games with Motionball participants and socializing with them

Fundraising Totals

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

100%

My team has raised $10,157 out of our goal of $5,000

204%

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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