Special Olympics Receives No Government Funding

As a parent of two athletes who also happen to have an intellectual disability and qualify to participate in Special Olympic events, I am often asked " when are the next Special Olympics?"

Our competition cycle is every four years:

  • Year One: Athletes compete at the Regional level within their province
  • Year Two: They move onto Provincial competition
  • Year Three: the Nationals
  • Year Four: the Worlds

The Worlds Summer Games will be held in Athens, Greece in 2011.

In Kelowna, British Columbia we currently have about 160 Special Olympics athletes registered, and we are running 15 sport programs every month of the year.

We currently operate on an annual budget of approximately $60,000, which comes mainly from fundraising and some donations. We receive no direct funding from any level of government.

You can check out a quick, easy powerpoint presentation about volunteering for the Special Olympics via the BC site.

if you would like to get involved as a coach or other type of volunteer role with the Special Olympics, please feel free to contact me by e-mail either at jjmci@shaw.ca or  james.mcintyre@century21.ca

Jim McIntyre is a sales representative with Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. in Kelowna, BC.

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