About Us

Special Olympics is a world-wide organisation that gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and develop skills and friendship with other Special Olympic athletes, their families and the community.

Special Olympics here in Burlington began with only two teams in the 1990’s –  a five pin bowling team run by the City of Burlington and the Burlington Barracudas swim team – which ran as an independent swim club. In 2008, Special Olympics Burlington was formally established  through a community council.  Over the past decade, Special Olympics Burlington has grown to serve more than 200 intellectually disabled members of the Burlington community, supported by over 70 coaches, in 12 different sports offered throughout winter and summer.

All this is run entirely by volunteers and all sports are kept affordable for all by fundraising and our generous sponsors.

Our Mission

“To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

Athlete’s Oath

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Find out more about the organisation by visiting the Special Olympics Ontario or Special Olympics Canada websites.

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