On October 23, I am participating in an all-day fundraiser called motionball Marathon of Sport, bringing athletes of all abilities together on the playing field. 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 Fareed!
"The Marathon of Sport is my favourite part because I met a lot of friends and sponsors for fundraising! Because of COVID-19, we could not have this last year of Marathon of Sport, so it is important this year to raise funds and finally meet everyone and be back together again. (Special Olympics) keeps us healthy, active and in-touch with our friends and we can make new friends. It is a day filled with fun, I get to meet the sponsors so they can see how their donations impact the athletes.”
- Fareed Champsi, Special Olympics athlete and Honorary motionball Special Olympics Athlete of the year
Fareed plays for Special Olympics Ontario as a swimmer, curler, floor hockey, softball and track & field athlete. Outside of sport, he loves comedy and video games. Fareed is also an advocate. One of his greatest accomplishments in life is representing Special Olympics Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where he shared the impact of sport on his life with Members of Parliament. Because of his – and many others' – efforts, Special Olympics programs across the country received increased funding.
With Special Olympics programs and initiatives on hold due to the impacts of COVID-19, 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 Fareed 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!
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