Who We Are
Our mandate is to introduce the next generation of volunteers and donors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events, creating relevant, meaningful experiences that help bring the fun back into giving. Since its inception in 2002, motionball is organizing events in 14 Canadian cities and as a result of the many individuals, partners and organizations that have supported the movement, motionball delivered to the SOCF its original financial goal of its first donated $1 million four years ahead of its planned schedule. motionball has currently donated over $7,500,000 net.
motionball currently organizes three Annual events in Toronto (The Gala; Marathon of Sport; and Fall Classic Golf Tournament), two in Calgary (Gala and Marathon of Sport), two in Halifax (Gala and Marathon of Sport) as well as a Marathon of Sport in Ottawa, Montreal, Kelowna, Winnipeg, Kingston, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Vancouver and Charlottetown.
Did you know that 2% of all Canadians are intellectually disabled? While Special Olympics Canada (SOC) has 42,000 Special Olympics athletes in its program, this number only represents 10% of the 2% intellectually disabled population. Through our mission, motionball hopes to influence a positive change in these numbers by educating more Canadians, building awareness and growing funds to support the SOC movement.
All of motionball’s proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF-charity # 869562041 RR0001). Special Olympics Canada Foundation’s objective is to provide funding for athlete and volunteer recruitment and training for each Provincial and Territorial chapter. In addition, and at motionball’s request, 70% of the funds raised within each Province, are sent to the affiliated Special Olympics Provincial Chapter. For example, in the motionball Marathon of Sport Toronto, 70% of all funds raised are directed to Special Olympics Ontario. This is to ensure we are helping fund the grass root level organizations that are key to the SOC structure. This helps the local Special Olympics Chapter in paying for team uniforms, tournament costs, travel expenses, equipment and the “Healthy Athlete” programs.