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Beaming at the bowling lanes during the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

2017 SOBC Summer Games athletes shone in Kamloops

12 July 2017

Nearly 1,200 individuals with intellectual disabilities gave their all in 11 sports and inspired everyone watching at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, held in Kamloops July 6 to 8. These were SOBC’s largest Provincial Games to date and a thrilling display of the true power and joy of sport.

SOBC - Kamloops softball coach Mike Ward and athlete Kent Plettl after reading the coach and athlete oaths.

2017 SOBC Summer Games action, excitement underway

7 July 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Opening Ceremony had it all, thrills aplenty and chills from the amazing energy of the athletes, teams, and supporters! "I can't wait to cheer you on! My heart is so full tonight, you inspire all of us!" Honorary General Manager Renee Hopfner of Sobeys told the athletes. Sincere thanks to everyone involved in this terrific party!

Everyone is so excited for competition kicking off and running throughout Friday and Saturday!

Games schedule

2017 SOBC Summer Games gearing up for exciting Opening Ceremony, inspiring competitions

29 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games will be an inspiring and action-packed showcase of the abilities of nearly 1,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities, and all of Kamloops is encouraged to come out and enjoy these unique events free of charge.

2017 SOBC Summer Games one month away

5 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games are reaching the one month to go mark, with more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff set to converge in Kamloops from July 6 to 8. The athletes from all over British Columbia and the Yukon have been training hard and are so excited to compete in Canada’s Tournament Capital.

2017 SOBC Summer Games excitement building

27 April 2017

To build excitement and share key information ahead of Special Olympics BC’s largest Provincial Games to date, the 2017 SOBC Games Organizing Committee and Regional team leaders came together in Kamloops on April 22.

2017 SOBC Summer Games logo

Online volunteer registration now open for 2017 SOBC Summer Games

23 February 2017

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, thanks to the form launched by the Kamloops Sports Council. With more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff set to converge in Kamloops from July 6 to 8, the 2017 SOBC Games will need over 1,000 volunteers to create an empowering and inspiring experience for the participants from all around the province and the Yukon.

2013 SOBC Summer Games photo by Keith Klopfers

Venues set for 2017 SOBC Summer Games

15 December 2016

With the clock soon to tick over into the new year, the countdown is truly on toward the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games. January 6 marks six months to go, and excitement is building among the more than 1,600 athletes and coaches who will come together in Canada’s Tournament Capital for SOBC’s largest Provincial Games to date. The 2017 SOBC Summer Games venues will be:

Bowlertime and Falcon Lanes – 5- and 10-Pin Bowling

Brocklehurst Pool – Swimming

Karl deBruijn (centre) at the 2015 SOBC Winter Games with fellow organizing committee members Pat Davis and John Atherton.

Karl deBruijn to head 2017 SOBC Summer Games

29 November 2016

SOBC welcomes first sponsors signing on for largest Provincial Games to date

Special Olympics BC is excited and grateful that Karl deBruijn, retired School District #73 Superintendent, has stepped up to serve as Chair of the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Organizing Committee. DeBruijn, who worked with the school district for 40 years, also volunteered as a member of the organizing committee for the 2015 SOBC Winter Games that were held in Kamloops and Sun Peaks.

Special Olympics BC Games returning to Kamloops

20 September 2016

2017 SOBC Summer Games set to be held in Canada’s Tournament Capital

Special Olympics BC (SOBC) is delighted to announce that the 2017 SOBC Summer Games will be coming to Kamloops July 6 to 8 next year. Hot on the heels of the successful 2015 SOBC Winter Games, Kamloops will be the first community to host back-to-back SOBC Winter and Summer Games.