From July 10 - July 17th, we are participating in a week-long fundraiser called the motionball Marathon of Sport Ottawa. Throughout this week, our Team will be completing a variety of physical activities, tracking our total collective distance and raising important funds along the way. All funds raised at the event are donated to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
For years, the Fitness Lab has worked closely with the Ottawa Share Community Program, a local program whose mission is to create a positive and judgement free environment for those with intellectual disabilities. We strongly believe that sport and physical activity should be available for everyone and we constantly work towards making it an inclusive community. We are honoured and excited to participate in another year of motionball’s Marathon of Sport Ottawa, work alongside a Special Olympics athlete, and continue to support the special needs community.
A big thank you to our trainers, staff, and clients who have helped the Lab create an inclusive environment for everyone. Your support, whether that be making a donation or following us along while we track kms, is greatly appreciated.
- TFL team
Meet Autumn, 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 Autumn can get back to the playing field, and that no one is left behind.
What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?Alpine skiing
What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?When I got a great time racing and qualified for Provincials
How do you like to spend your time outside of Special Olympics? (jobs, hobbies etc)Reading and creative activities
What do you love most about motionball events?Making friends, seeing old friends and enjoying the spirit of the activities
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.
The number of Special Olympics athletes across Canada
Child and youth Special Olympics athletes across Canada
The number of Special Olympics Canada volunteers