Support Team Queen's Women's Hockey for the 2023 motionball Marathon Of Sport Queens University

On March 12, we are 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 like Tess.

Tess first became involved with motionball’s Marathon of Sport 6 years ago, and since then has participated in countless motionball events. This year we're so excited to have Tess take on the role of motionball's Honorary Athlete Ambassador. Hear from Tess about what being part of motionball means to her!

“motionball is a cool movement that motivates others to engage in the activities sports and events that encourage interaction with people who have an intellectual disability. It raises awareness to everyone that Special Olympic Athletes should not be judged and treated unfairly but included. motionball is important because it helps to prevent assumptions about people with disabilities and challenges. THANK YOU!”

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 Tess have the resources they need to safely return to the sport programs they love.

Thank you very much for your support,
 Women's Hockey

Special Olympics Athletes On Our Team

Semone Courtney
How many years have you been involved with motionball?

20 years

Favourite sport(s)?

Skating, swimming

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Getting medals

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

Helping at MCcNikks, being with my passport worker

What do you love most about motionball events?

Being active
Patricia Dykstra
How many years have you been involved with motionball?

36 years

Favourite sport(s)?

Bocce, Bowling, Revved Up, Motion ball & Wag

What is your happiest/proudest Special Olympics memory?

Participating in the 2012 Spring Games which were held in Kingston.

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

Patricia likes her time spent with a friend who takes her out on Mondays afternoons.

What do you love most about motionball events?

The friendships showed by the volunteers and meeting other athletes again.

Fundraising Totals

Our team has raised $940 out of our goal of $500


Our Wall Of Awesome

  • Brenda Cavers  $100
  • Lynne Berthiaume
  • Donna & Richard Campeau  $50
  • Sylvie Clément  $100
  • Stephen Fretwell  $100
  • Bernadette & Normand Campeau  $50
  • Jay Melindy  $50
  • Michelle Smith-Thornhill  $100
  • Maud McCarty  $40


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

motionball for Special Olympics is sponsored nationally by