Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Filed as 2013 SOBC Summer Games

Thanks from 2013 Games Volunteer Services Committee

19 July 2013

You are an inspiration! On behalf of the Volunteer Committee, thank you for volunteering at the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games. The event united 1,200 individual volunteers who wanted to make a difference. You did an excellent job. We truly appreciate your dedication.

This event was built upon the efforts of volunteers, and would not have been possible without you. This was an exciting way to earn volunteer hours, gain work experience, develop leadership, meet new people and feel a part of a truly exciting rewarding event.

2013 SOBC Summer Games Chair Arne Olson at the Opening Ceremonies

2013 Games Chair's thanks

19 July 2013

From the Chair of the Games Organizing Committee,

Arne Olson

I hope you had a great time as you volunteered for the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games!

Every volunteer played a necessary part, great or small. Each piece was important because, when combined with the efforts of everyone, it became something very significant. And together we did something significant for these athletes with an intellectual disability, didn’t we?

Looking back at inspiring, heartwarming Provincial Games

16 July 2013

After walking into the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games with her Region 6 team, at 375 members the largest-ever team to attend an SOBC Games, Special Olympics BC – Cowichan Valley athlete Kara Summer sat in her seat listening to the cheers and smiling with tears in her eyes.

The 10-pin bowling athlete was moved to be taking part in her first-ever Provincial Games.

Fill the Stands for the 2013 SOBC Summer Games

10 July 2013

It’s finally here! The 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games will be the largest Provincial Games yet in our history, bringing together 1,136 athletes from all over B.C. and the Yukon and more than 300 coaches. From July 11 to 13, they will fill Langley with the Special Olympics spirit of inspiration, true sportsmanship, and joy.

Webcasts to make select 2013 Games events viewable province-wide

11 June 2013

Thanks to the technology available at the Langley Events Centre, venue for the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Opening Ceremonies and three sports, fans watching from home will be able to take in some of the exciting Games events through live online video streams.

Get set to tune in on your computers to watch these Games events:

Opening Ceremonies – July 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Rhythmic gymnastics – July 12, 1 to 5 p.m.

Sponsor support critical for SOBC Summer Games

9 June 2013

Fundraising is an integral part of any not-for-profit organization, but it is especially important for one that provides a large-scale service or event such as the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games. 

There is no cost for participants taking part in Special Olympics, therefore program costs are covered by fundraising. Special Olympics BC holds its own large-scale fundraising events throughout the year, but host cities of both the summer and winter Games are encouraged to fundraise in their communities to cover the majority of costs of hosting the Games.

Gearing up for the Games: Volunteer Rick Barnett

9 June 2013

As the Customer Experience Director for Valley First Aid, Rick Barnett is always focused on doing what’s best for those people he serves in the community.  Through Valley First Aid, a team of experts provides medical and first aid support to events in the Lower Mainland. Since 1984, they have provided their expertise, keeping local communities happy and healthy.

2013 SOBC Summer Games fun facts

9 June 2013

Wondering why we need 1,000 volunteers to stage the Games? Because there's going to be so many great things going on!

Crystal Daley on a break from photographing Special Olympics BC's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day event in Langley last fall.

Gearing up for the Games: Photographer Crystal Daley

8 June 2013

At the young age of 21, Crystal Daley is already an active Special Olympics BC – Langley athlete, a volunteer at the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, and an exceptional photographer.

Crystal has been involved in Special Olympics for nearly eight years, and participates in curling and bocce. Born and raised in Langley, she is excited that the Special Olympics BC Summer Games is coming to her hometown.

The Langley Events Centre, which hosted the 2013 SOBC Summer Games launch (pictured), will be home to events in three sports.

First-class venues primed to host 2013 SOBC Summer Games

2 May 2013

With the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games quickly approaching, excitement is building fast around the venues for the 11 sporting events.

Langley Events Centre

The main hub for the 2013 SOBC Summer Games, the LEC will host an exciting day of festivities to open the Games. The LEC will be the home for the basketball, powerlifting, and rhythmic gymnastics events, and will also host the Healthy Athletes program and the main results centre.