Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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.

On July 6, 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre, the Opening Ceremony will kick off SOBC’s biggest Provincial Games yet with a bang. This great party will celebrate Special Olympics athletes and the 150th birthday of our nation. The highlight will be watching the nearly 1,600 Games competitors, coaches, and mission staff enjoy the thrill of parading in to represent their Regions, and it is hoped that a great crowd of fans will pack the Sandman Centre stands to cheer them on and fill them with pride after their years of hard work to reach this moment.

The parade of teams will be followed by high-energy entertainment from a variety of performers including Kamloops cheerleading sensations Freeze Athletics, the talents of The Academy of Dance, the rock and roll stylings of the Dave Coalmine Band, the soul-strung acoustic songs of Vancouver’s Echo Nebraska, and the powerful pow wow drumming of the Sage Hills Drummers.

“We want the athletes to feel like rockstars and we want fans to enjoy an awesome show, so we have planned a really special night that we hope everyone will come out to enjoy,” said Jan Antons, 2017 SOBC Games Director of Special Events. “In addition to having incredible sport volunteers and facilities, Kamloops has outstanding entertainers, and we know they will make this a night to remember.”

The Opening Ceremony will also include remarks by valued dignitaries including emcee Cheryl Blackwell of B100 and CIFM, and Games Honorary General Manager Renée Hopfner, Sobeys Inc. Director, Community Investment. A strong champion of Special Olympics with Sobeys and Canada Safeway, Hopfner has more than 20 years of experience working with the non-profit sector.Since 2005, Hopfner has held various roles within Canada Safeway and then Sobeys Inc., each focused on philanthropy and community giving. She is passionate about creating innovative and transformative initiatives with charitable partners, such as Special Olympics Canada, that reflect Sobeys' purpose to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. Sobeys Better Food Fund is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 SOBC Games and Special Olympics Canada.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will carry the Flame of Hope through Kamloops in the morning of July 6 to raise awareness for Special Olympics athletes, and the Opening Ceremony will conclude with the powerful moment of LETR members bearing in the flame to light the Games cauldron.

For anyone who cannot attend in person, the Opening Ceremony and select sport events will be livestreamed - details to be announced - please click here

After the cheers of the Opening Ceremony, the athletes will be ready to give their all in competitions in 11 sports throughout July 7 and 8. All are open to the public and free of charge, and all will include gutsy and determined performances by athletes of a wide range of levels, from high-performance to developmental. Anyone who watches Special Olympics athletes in action cannot fail to be moved by their drive, their love of sport, their joy and pride in competing, and their sportsmanship. Full schedules are available at http://sobcgameskamloops.ca

Once again, the amazing volunteers in Canada’s Tournament Capital have risen to the occasion and are giving hundreds of hours to make the Games possible. But the event does need some more volunteers to sign on for safety and support roles as well as medical positions, which will all lead to rewarding experiences ensuring an outstanding experience for the visiting teams. To snap up the remaining spots, please visit http://sobcgameskamloops.ca or contact the Kamloops Sports Council.

SOBC is very grateful to all the Games sponsors who have stepped forward to help create life-changing experiences:

  • Platinum Sponsors: City of Kamloops, School District #73, and Sobeys Better Food Fund
  • Gold Sponsors: TD Bank Group, BC Games Society, Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund, RBC Dominion Securities and Royal Bank of Canada, and Sun Life Financial
  • Silver Sponsors: BCLC, Interior Savings Insurance Services Inc., and New Gold – New Afton Mine
  • Bronze Sponsors: Binnie Consulting, Domtar – Kamloops, Horizon North, KGHM Ajax Mining Inc., and Teck
  • Healthy Athletes Sponsor: LifeLabs
  • Media Sponsors: Broadcast Centre, Kamloops This Week, and NL Broadcasting

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2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

City of Kamloops

School District 73


Gold Sponsors

TD Bank Group

Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund

Royal Bank of CanadaRBC Dominion Securities

Sun Life Financial


Silver Sponsors


Interior Savings


Bronze Sponsors 

Binnie Consulting

Domtar - Kamloops

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.



Healthy Athletes Sponsor

Life Labs


Media Sponsors 



98.3 CIFM Kamloops


Kamloops This Week


Radio NL Kamloops

Country 103 Kamloops

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