Stories

Sharing the joy of sport

Special Olympics has received many incredible stories from people whose lives have been changed and enriched through sport, friendship, fun and mentorship. Some of those people have been kind enough to share their stories with you.

Visit our photo and video galleries featuring our athletes, coaches, and volunteers.

"An athlete hugs coach Susan Altomare from behind at a bowling alley."
From my volunteer and coaching experience, I have become more empathetic, patient and understanding. I am better at problem solving and quick thinking.
Martin McSween poses for a photo with his ski team.
Alberta’s Martin McSween was introduced to Special Olympics 30 years ago while working at a group home for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Drumheller.
A young volunteer takes a selfie with an athlete on a sunny day
Special Olympics Saskatchewan coach Jill Dobbin started volunteering in Kindersley when she was just 11-years-old. Today, the now 15-year-old acts as assistant coach for her local bowling and athletics teams.
A group of two softball teams pose for a team photo on a baseball diamond
I volunteer for ME! The pure joy and love of life experienced through interacting with our athletes is unmatched anywhere else.
Two Special Olympics athletes hold up signs
These Special Olympics athletes want you to know that they should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives.
Special Olympics North Bay athlete Matty poses for a photo while outside cross country skiing.
Special Olympics Ontario’s Rebecca Cuff is one of many volunteer coaches going the extra mile to make sure athletes stay active, healthy and safe amid...
Covid-19 symptoms
It is with heavy heart we announce that all Special Olympics programming across the country – weekly programs, competitions and fundraising events –...
Athletes stand at podium
After five exhilarating days of athleticism, teamwork and dedication the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 have come to an end. Watch the video highlights.
Richard Myette poses with his floor hockey stick looking into the camera
At 70-years-young, Special Olympics Nova Scotia floor hockey player Richard Myette finally experienced his first National Games in Thunder Bay.
Jordyn Flamma spins on the ice in her rainbow dress.
The 20-year-old athlete from Maple Ridge hit the rink at the 2020 Winter Games in dresses she designed and created herself.