Community Connect Monthly Newsletter

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Special Olympics Ontario has recently rebranded monthly newsletters to "Community Connect." Be sure to follow Special Olympics Ontario on social media for continued updates or visit for additional information.

Meet Teagan McDonald

Teagan McDonald is a superstar athlete from the Kawartha Lakes community with an impressive 22-year involvement in Special Olympics. She excels in 5-Pin Bowling, Curling, Softball, and Swimming. For Teagan, Special Olympics offers the chance to participate in sports and join teams that would otherwise be inaccessible. She treasures the friendships and memories she has made through Special Olympics.

Teagan invites donors and supporters to join in the Special Olympics experience, assuring them that both athletes and volunteers will be rewarded with abundant smiles.

Click Here to Learn More about Teagan McDonald!

Sobeys Campaign Has Now Concluded!

Thank you all for visiting your local Sobeys, Safeway and Foodland over the past week! Your support of our SOO athletes helps them achieve more!


You have until June 12th to submit your photos for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 Sobeys Giftcards!

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Kingston Games Magnified our Athletes Hard Work!

Our athletes were hard at work over the past week fueling the power of unity as over 800 student-athletes from across the province gathered at the Kingston Games. With unwavering passion, they dedicated themselves to the pursuit of greatness in this monumental event.

Check out @sooschoolprograms (Instagram) & @SOOSchoolChamps (Twitter & Facebook) to view some more live-action shots from the event!

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Sport for Life Virtual Workshops

Calling all coaches! Sign up to participate in Sport for Life workshops and unlock a world of valuable knowledge! Earn NCCP professional development points through these immersive virtual sessions.

Mark your calendars from June 12th - 24th. Take charge of your growth and register now for our Education Series workshops, priced at just $20 per session!

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2023 Provincial Sport Award Nominations Now Open!

It’s time to nominate and select the 2023 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Awards winners! (for the period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023). We are once again looking for deserving athletes, coaches, and volunteers in various categories, so please nominate any deserving candidates. 

To nominate athletes and volunteers please visit our Provincial Awards Site and submit your nomination on the online forms provided. Please note that the deadline date is Friday, June 16, 2023.

There is a helpful checklist on the main page of the awards site detailing some of the key information you will need when submitting a nomination. 

If you require assistance with any of the required information or would like some help putting together the nomination (including access to a particular nominees’ previous application to use in re-submission), please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help. 

We also ask that you please share this information within your community. We aim to have a wide variety of nominees from all over the province. This is a great way to recognize people in your community who make a significant difference.

Special Olympics Ontario is home to an incredible group of athletes, coaches, and volunteers, and we aim to spotlight some of the very deserving individuals and teams that represent SOO. 

Please note that we will not be accepting nominations from family members. 

For further information / concerns, please contact the SOO Awards Team at [email protected]. 

Nominate Your 2023 Provincial Award Winners!

Hometown Games

Registration is still open for ALL of these events, so click below to participate today! 

Happening this month:


Toronto (Etobicoke) Athletics


Burlington Soccer


Durham Athletics


Renfrew Softball

London Softball


Durham Athletics


Stratford Golf

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Click here to find a Hometown Games near you
Click here to check out our Hometown Games gallery

Share Your Special Olympics Story

For the chance to have your Special Olympics story featured in a future newsletter, social media post, or campaign, submit your information on our Athlete Profile Form! Fill out your information, tell us your story, and submit a photo of you participating in Special Olympics, or include a headshot. 

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