“Power is the ability to do good things for others.”
The Special Olympics MOVEMENT
Special Olympics today spans over 185 countries and embraces more than 4 million athletes participating in over 32 sports. Since 1974, Special Olympics Canada has been a catalyst for change in our society, providing a place for children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities to reach their highest potential.
Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador (SONL) provides sport programing and competition opportunities for over 610 athletes of all ages and abilities throughout our province. With fourteen active clubs, serving eighty-two different communities, we are constantly working to add new programs to reach every part of Newfoundland and Labrador. We also offer a Young Athletes Program that provides gross motor skills training and active play opportunities for children aged four to ten years.
• To instill confidence, self esteem and other life skills in our athletes through real sport experiences.
• To contribute to healthier athletes by developing life-long physical fitness habits.
• To change attitudes and create a more inclusive society.
• To strengthen communities.
We are a not-for-profit organization created to celebrate the accomplishments of our athletes, both on and off the playing field. The annual Special Olympics Festival is our primary fundraiser.