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.

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Julia Romualdi with her medals on the ice
My reaction to performing at Rock The Rink is that I am so excited to be involved and I am proud of myself. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me. This is a huge honour.
SOO's Juli Prokopchuk-Brattan and athlete Stephen Graham hold a sign that reads Ontario.
After 24 years with Special Olympics Saskatchewan and Ontario, Juli Prokopchuk-Brattan is adding another title to her resume: assistant chef de...
Levi Adam - Give a Toonie Share a Dream
On Monday October 21, 2019 the 19th annual Give a Toonie Share a Dream fundraising campaign is back at Staples Canada. From now until November 3...
Softball players pose for a photo
While it marks the third time Alberta will host a Special Olympics Canada National Games, the growing city of Medicine Hat also boasts a history of highly successful events, including the Special Olympics Alberta Provincial Summer Games 2017.
SOPEI Executive Director Charity Sheehan poses for a photo with two Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics Prince Edward Island Executive Director Charity Sheehan is a self-described “Games junkie.” She’s been involved with Special Olympics...
Moriah on the ice with her hands up
I am practicing lots. I did lots of summer skating and off-ice training. Now I practice three days a week. I love spins and skating fast. I love skating in front of an audience.
Special Olympics BC athlete Marc Theriault performs on the ice.
I truly appreciate this opportunity which I will cherish for the rest of my life -- it is truly a great gesture on their part to have included Special Olympics as part of the programming and I look forward to showing everyone what I have achieved in figure skating over the years.
Special Olympics BC figure skater Alex Pang performs on the ice
What I like about Special Olympics is that it does not limit any disabilities, we are treated the same. All coaches, volunteers, and supporters have so much patience and always helps us to go beyond our greatest expectations. Skills we never expected to achieve is possible.
Ray Huson with Special Olympics BC athletes
Penticton’s Ray Huson is known around Special Olympics BC for his infectious smile. The experienced snowshoe, cross-country and bocce coach started volunteering with Special Olympics in 1995.
Coach Blake Fenwick poses for a photo at the baseball diamond.
Toronto’s Blake Fenwick was introduced to Special Olympics when he was just 15-years-old. Looking to complete his required community service hours for high school – he only had 10 hours left of the 40-hour requirement – he was connected with the Etobicoke Eagles softball team.