Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Meet a Sponsor: Government of B.C.

25 January 2018

For almost as long as Special Olympics BC has existed, the Government of B.C. has been a key supporter of our programs and movement. The provincial government’s long-standing and vital support has allowed SOBC to grow and develop, reaching more communities and offering empowering experiences and opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For athletes like Quesnel’s Brock Terlesky, having an SOBC program available in their home community makes a big impact.  

“Special Olympics provides life-changing opportunities to those who haven’t had a chance to be affirmed in their efforts before joining,” Terlesky says. “I love that Special Olympics encourages us to grow in all positive aspects, not just athletics.”

Terlesky is currently training to represent British Columbia in soccer at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games this July in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Funding from the provincial government will help Team BC athletes travel to Games and have the exciting and empowering experience of competing on the national stage.

Support from the Government of B.C. also helps provide sport-specific training camps, reduce the cost of programs and competitions, and create new opportunities for Special Olympics athletes and coaches.

In 2017, Special Olympics BC received more than $361,000 through the government’s funding of sport and through funds received through Community Gaming Grants. SOBC Locals also received gaming grants to support their year-round programs.

The Government of B.C.’s Sport Branch has also been a tremendous source of assistance and resources to SOBC. Understanding and supporting SOBC’s goals, Sport Branch staff have been working hard to open doors and inform us of other resources, contacts, and opportunities. This is invaluable as we expand programs, reach out to more athletes, increase the number and quality of competitions, and create opportunities.

We are so grateful to the Government of B.C. for being a vital supporter of our work and helping Special Olympics BC make a difference to athletes across the province. If you have a moment, please thank your local MLA for this support as it truly makes a difference.

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