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This is the May edition of the Community Connect Newsletter that is shared with our whole Special Olympics Ontario community.


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Upcoming Events

2024 Provincial Spring Games

May 23rd - 26th

It's time to gear up for the Provincial Spring Games. Explore the teams and get excited as our athletes prepare to showcase their talents.

Learn more by scrolling down!

2024 Provincial School Championships

June 11th - 12th

The City of Chatham-Kent and the Chatham-Kent Police Service are proud to be hosting the 2024 Provincial School Championships. 

Learn more by scrolling down!

Community Spotlights

Athlete of the Month: James Walker

Meet James Walker, an exceptional athlete from London who has dedicated an inspiring 23 years to his passion for sports! James's love for floor hockey is unmatched, bringing unmatched energy, skill, and dedication to the game. He's...


Click here to read more about James' story.

Geneva Rose: A Future Defined by Unified Sports

My involvement with Special Olympics began in the 11th grade. I volunteered to convene the ringette/floor hockey tournament. Since that event I have convened the soccer and bocce ball tournaments. I have been a Unified player...


Click here to read more of Geneva's story.

Provincial Games Updates

Just 21 days left until we get to see our skilled athletes compete in five exciting sports! Hundreds of athletes and coaches from across Ontario will compete in this year's Provincial Games, hosted by the Waterloo Regional Police Service from May 23-26, 2024.

Check out the website to learn more
View the district teams

2024 Waterloo Region Spring Games – South West Ontario Spotlight

South West is bringing a strong contingent to the 2024 Waterloo Region Provincial Spring Games, with 121 athletes and 34 coaches all set to participate! The lineup includes 24 athletes showcasing their skills in 10 Pin Bowling, 19 hitting the courts for Basketball, 26 showing off their strength in powerlifting, 17 demonstrating their rhythmic prowess, and 35 making waves in Swimming! For a comprehensive list of all participating athletes, visit provincialgames.com/district-teams

This month, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on some outstanding individuals. Meet Yanhong Dewan from LaSalle Windsor, Kim Parker from London, Kara Hoskins from Simcoe, Dan Robar from Sarnia and Zack Griffith from St Thomas! Click below to read more about the athletes!

South West Ontario spotlight

Draft an Athlete for the Provincial Games!

Be a part of an athlete's achievement! Be a part of a draft that celebrates inclusion and diversity! Donate today to help an athlete achieve their dreams and compete at the 2024 Provincial Spring Games. 

Learn more about the Draft an Athlete Program

2024 Provincial School Championships

Over 7,000 high school athletes have been competing across the province to qualify for the Chatham-Kent 2024 School Championships, taking place from June 11-12. School Programs instill confidence, contribute to a healthier lifestyle, build lifelong friendships and create a more inclusive society.

You can view the qualified teams for bocce, soccer, and basketball using the link below. Qualified teams for track and field or floorball will be announced soon.

See qualified teams here
Explore the website to learn more

Special Olympics Floorball

We are transitioning to Floorball in our school programs and launching that sport this spring. Floorball requires less equipment, has smaller team sizes, and is a better fit within the school setting. While we have no plans to launch Floorball at the community level this season, you can learn more about the sport through the link below.

More about floorball

Floorball is replacing Floor Hockey at the World Games and will no longer be offered at that level. The status of Floorball at the national level is currently being reviewed. Special Olympics Ontario continues to value Floor Hockey and will offer Provincial Championships in 2027 and qualifying competitions in 2026.

Research Opportunity

Aiding communication between doctors and patients with IDD

We are seeking individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and parents of children with IDD to participate in realistic simulations designed to help medical student work on their communication.

When: June 2024

Where: Anywhere! (Virtual)

Duration: ~5 Hours (2 hours training + 3 hours)

Participants will receive a $50 honorarium in recognition of their contribution. If interested, please email olivier.rabu@medportal.com

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Hometown Games Schedule


Kitchener-Waterloo - Basketball

York South - Tenpin

Sarnia - Powerlifting


London - 5 Pin

London - 10 Pin

Collingwood - 5 Pin

Greater Durham - Basketball


London - Floor Hockey


Burlington - Soccer

London - Softball

North Bay - Athletics

Oakville - Athletics


Stratford - Golf

Click to view our events calendar

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