Support Emma Soolepp for the 2022 motionball Marathon Of Sport Toronto

On June 4, 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 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."  - Steve Redmond, parent and Special Olympics coach

With Special Olympics programs and initiatives returning this summer, 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 safely return to the sport programs they love.

Thank you very much for your support!

Emma

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Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

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

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Track & Field, Swimming, Baseball, and Basketball

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Competing at OFSAA!!

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

I'm a friendly and outgoing guy. I love to go see the Raptors! And the Blue Jays! I enjoy playing video games, going to the Car Show, Boat Show, going to movies, and being with people. I also ski during the winter and love going down the black diamonds! I've made quite a few live edge tables with epoxy coloured fill and enjoy woodworking projects.

What do you love most about motionball events?

Making friends! I love being part of a team and staying in touch with the team and getting to know everyone! Besides the Motionball gala, this is the most fun day of the whole year!

My Activity Goal

Corporate teams have been challenged by their employers to hit a certain number of kilometers of fitness-based activities.

I have completed 0 kilometers.

Our team has completed 0 kilometers of our goal of 1

0%

Fundraising Totals

I have raised $35 out of my goal of $350

10%

My team has raised $680 out of our goal of $3,500

20%

My Wall Of Awesome

  • Miriam Glustein
  • Kristine Gai  $20

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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