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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Lenoka competing in Shotput
Growing up with an intellectual disability, Calgary’s Leonka Kaluha felt judged and bullied. Throughout high school, she was told she wasn’t fast...
ashley at the winter games
Campbell River’s Ashley Adie has been a Special Olympics athlete for 16 years and a Thrifty Foods employee since December 2018. At Special Olympics...
Brian McNab up to bat for Sobeys
Prince Edward Island’s Brian McNab, 47, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years, competing in softball and floor hockey. He’s also one of...
Brandon and his fathers
In honour of all dads everywhere, we’re sharing Brandon Vansickle’s inspiring story about how his neighbours, turned Dads, turned Special Olympics...
Jackie Barrett competes at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
Canadian Powerlifter Jackie Barrett is making history as the first-ever Special Olympics athlete inducted in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame...
Diversity and Inclusion Infographics Series
In the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, Special Olympics Canada committed to focusing on long-lasting organizational change that goes beyond simply changing...
Glenn Cundari hugs one of his SO Team Canada golfers.
North Bay’s Glenn Cundari was introduced to Special Olympics through the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada four years ago.
leaving a legacy gift
Manitoba’s Max Feierstein is a dedicated supporter of Special Olympics – he’s been a volunteer, a board member and is passionate about the future of...
SOC CEO Sharon Bollenbach with Special Olympics Team Canada athletes.
Special Olympics Canada is pleased to announce its CEO Sharon Bollenbach will be representing North America on the global organization’s International Advisory Committee (IAC).
The team from Nova Scotia poses for a photo.
A small group of Special Olympics Canada athletes and coaches have been selected to attend the 2019 Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi March 14 to 18.