Support Julie Lafazanidis for the 2023 motionball Marathon Of Sport Toronto

On May 27, I am participating in an all-day fundraiser called motionball Marathon of Sport. This is an action-packed day where my team and I will play sports alongside Special Olympics athletes from our community. This day helps to bring 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.

With Special Olympics programs and initiatives back in full swing, 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 have the resources they need to continue the sport programs they love.

Thank you very much for your support,


Special Olympics Athletes On My Team

Liam Edwards



What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Bowling, golf, soccer, track, bocce ball

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Winning gold medals

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


What do you love most about motionball events?

The teamwork!!

Ian Sheppard

Fundraising Totals

I have raised $1,051 out of my goal of $1,000


My team has raised $19,430 out of our goal of $10,000


My Wall Of Awesome

  • George Lafazanidis  $50
  • Graham White
  • Marianne Marchant  $100
  • George Skarpathiotakis
  • Nina Arcon
  • Alison Hughes
  • Thomas Wendelboe  $150
  • Julie Lafazanidis
  • Julie Lafazanidis  $33


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.

  • 25,944

    The number of Special Olympics athletes across Canada

  • 10,000

    Child and youth Special Olympics athletes across Canada

  • 13,814

    The number of Special Olympics Canada volunteers

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