Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Each year, more than 1600 athletes with developmental disabilities take part in three days of fun and athletic competitions at the annual Thames Valley Track and Field Event for Special Olympic Athletes at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

This event, presented as a partnership between Investing in Children, the Thames Valley District School Board and Ontario Special Olympics, is open to students across the Thames Valley District School Board. Students participate in traditional track and field events including sprints, high jump and long jump, as well as special events such as He Shoots, She Scores, the obstacle course and fish pond.

Each athlete is paired up with a peer mentor from their school. Acting as coach, role model and friend, the peer mentor works with their athlete throughout the year, practicing different events and providing support and encouragement. During the event, the peer mentor ensures that the athlete makes it to their events, collects their ribbons, and cheers them on the whole way.

The Thames Valley Track and Field Event for Special Olympic Athletes is successful thanks to the generous support of our community partners, especially our Platinum sponsors; GoodLife Kids Foundation, Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group.  Only through the sponsorships provided by many supporters is it possible each year to provide this valuable experience to hundreds of children. 

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Thank you to the all the athletes, peer mentors, support teams, volunteers and sponsors for making the
2018 Special Olympics a success!!

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The athletes and volunteers had a great time at the 2018 Special Olympics!

2017 Special Olympics