Support Team Funky Bunch for the 2024 motionball Marathon Of Sport Calgary

We are so proud to be sharing that Funky Bunch will be participating at the 2024 motionball Marathon of Sport. On ​​June 22, our Team will be taking the field, alongside local Special Olympics athletes for a full day of sports, fun and inclusivity! 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 Damion.

Damion is a Special Olympics Alberta Certified Health Messenger and Special Olympics Winter Games 2024 Athlete Ambassador for the 2024 National Winter Games, which were held here in Calgary! Damion has been a Special Olympics athlete for seven years, competing in two Provincial Games and one National Games during that time. Damion has competed in motionball Marathon of Sport in Calgary in past years, showcasing his skills in various sports – basketball, floor hockey, golf, and pickleball, to name a few!

Damion’s highlights as a Special Olympic athlete include participating in the National Games (2018) in Nova Scotia, where he was able to meet athletes from across Canada, win a silver medal, and was named MVP for basketball.

“I got involved in Special Olympics in 2017 to be active and play sports in an environment where I felt I could fit in. Special Olympics has given me so much and has changed my life by helping me to be a more confident person. I have made many great friends being a part of Special Olympics and met some wonderful coaches. The real prize [from participating in the National Games] was learning that sports are more than just wins and losses – they are more about enjoying the journey and making new friends along the way”.

Outside of Special Olympics, Damion is the host and creator of the Accessible Athletics podcast – dedicated to sharing information about health and fitness with other Special Olympics athletes. Damion is also in his 9th year of employment at the Country Hills Golf Course and 2nd year working at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Food and Beverages services. Damion volunteers at the Calgary Zoo, the YMCA, and works as a CMBA basketball referee for youth and recreational basketball in Calgary.

By making a donation to motionball, you're helping to ensure that athletes like Damion have the resources they need to continue playing the sports they love.

For more information on motionball please visit motionball.com

Katie

**All donations over $20 are eligible for an official tax receipt.

Fundraising Totals

Our team has raised $5,614 out of our goal of $5,500

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Our Wall Of Awesome

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Special Olympics Athletes On Our Team

Melissa Gerbrandt
Melissa competes in both basketball and floor hockey. Her proudest moment came when she joined Team Alberta for the 2018 Special Olympic National Games! Melissa enjoys bike riding and going for walks in her spare time. She loves everything about the motionball events and can't wait to have fun with everyone on June 22!
Diego Seyer
Diego competes in basketball, soccer, golf and floor hockey. He is proud to have represented Team Alberta at National Games in Brandon, M.B. Diego works in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, and spends his free time with his family, playing video games, or watching TV.
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