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Team BC set to show skills at 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

17 July 2018

Two hundred and forty-four members of Special Olympics Team BC 2018 are set to represent their province with pride at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Running from July 31 to August 4, this event will see Special Olympics athletes from across Canada compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming.

A medal ceremony at the first Special Olympics event in 1968

Celebrating 50 years of inclusion and inspiration

17 July 2018

Fifty years ago, the world began to change for the better for millions of people with intellectual disabilities – and for all those who love them.

In the 1960s, children and adults with intellectual disabilities lived in the shadows of society. They were hidden away in homes or institutions.

They didn’t have the chance to go to school, to work or to play. No one encouraged them to become a part of the community.

Meet a Sponsor: New Car Dealers Association of BC

17 July 2018

Since 1984, the New Car Dealers Association of BC has been committed to supporting Special Olympics BC through the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC.

Special Olympics Alberta athlete Savannah Lussier enjoying the limited-edition Special Olympics doughnut

Tim Hortons celebrates inclusion for Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary

17 July 2018

A proud partner of Special Olympics Canada, Tim Hortons has joined in on the celebration of 50 years of Special Olympics by announcing a limited-edition Special Olympics doughnut, designed by Special Olympics Alberta athlete Savannah Lussier.

This doughnut will be available nationwide on July 21, with all proceeds going to life-changing Special Olympics programs across the country.

SOBC – Surrey athlete Olivia Neuman, left, will be competing at the Cowichan 2018 BC Games.

SOBC athletics and swimmers primed for 2018 BC Summer Games

17 July 2018

Twenty-five Special Olympics BC athletes and nine coaches are set to take part in athletics and swimming at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games being held July 19 to 22 in Duncan.

Athletics competitions run Friday and Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cowichan Sports Complex.

BC Place will light up in red to celebrate Global Day of Inclusion on July 21, 2018.

Special Olympics set to mark 50-year anniversary with Global Day of Inclusion

17 July 2018

Communities across the province will be lighting the night sky red on Saturday, July 21 as they join millions around the globe for the start of a year-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.

SOBC athletes had a great time supporting the 2018 Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament

Goldcorp Invitational makes a difference for Special Olympics BC athletes

4 July 2018

Held on June 28, this year’s Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament was a wonderful and inspiring day of golf that truly makes a difference to athletes like Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford’s James Clifford.

Government of Canada logo

Meet a Sponsor: The Government of Canada

26 June 2018

The Government of Canada is a vital supporter of Special Olympics Canada and Special Olympics BC, providing significant funds to develop new and existing sport programs and competitive opportunities. Without this funding, we could not offer the full range of opportunities that make such a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes and their families.

The City of Trail will illuminate in red the Victoria Street Bridge as part of the Global Day of Inclusion on July 21.
Langridge with SOBC – Victoria Local Coordinator Kendal Alston and Athlete Coordinator Kyle Eriksen. Photo by Bob Vanderford

2018 Athletic Achievement Award recipient: Michael Langridge

24 June 2018

Special Olympics BC – Victoria’s Michael Langridge is an accomplished athlete who is dedicated to elevating his performance and achieving new personal bests. A great teammate and an inspiring leader, Langridge is the winner of SOBC’s 2018 Athletic Achievement Award.