About Us

motionball is a not for profit organization that empowers young Canadians to be leaders in their communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics so that individuals with intellectual disabilities can lead happier, healthier lives.

Who We Are

motionball is a national not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to introduce the next generation of donors, volunteers and sponsors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events. motionball now proudly hosts 50+ annual events in 27 Canadian cities. Through these events and as a result of the many individuals, partners and organizations that have supported the movement, motionball has donated over $13,000,000 net since its inception in 2002 including $2.1M to Special Olympics annually.

Our Properties
Currently in 17 cities and 32 Universities across Canada, with over 700 teams and 12,500 supporters raising funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, Marathon of Sport is our flagship property. Marathon of Sport is a fun-filled day of athletic competition where young professionals spend a day playing sports with Special Olympics athletes from their communities. Join us on the field at our Marathon of Sport community events in: Calgary, Cape Breton, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Kingston, London, Montreal, Ottawa, PEI, Regina, Saint John, Saskatoon, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver!

motionball Gala events are a perfect mix of philanthropy and fun. Network with the next generation of young professionals, experience a night of entertainment and celebrate the Special Olympic athletes who make it all worthwhile. motionball Galas are currently taking place in Toronto, Calgary, and Halifax. For Gala opportunities, please email julie@motionball.com.

We believe that the next generation of Canadians, today’s students and young professionals, are the future of the Special Olympics movement – with the power to make a meaningful difference for generations to come. The motionball University program was established to provide Canadian students with a new and engaging way to give back, while making new connections and developing unparalleled leadership skills. Running today on over 32 university campuses, coast to coast, the motionballU program is engaging more young people in the Special Olympics movement than ever before. To get involved with motionball, please email please email emma@motionball.com.

Who We Support
Did you know that 2% of all Canadians have an intellectual disability? While Special Olympics Canada (SOC) has 49,626 Special Olympics athletes in its program, this number only represents 10% of the 2% of Canadians living with intellectual disabilities. 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 Special Olympics movement.

All of motionball’s proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF-charity # 869562041 RR0001). At motionball’s request, 70% of the funds raised within each Province are then 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. It also helps the local Special Olympics Chapter in paying for team uniforms, tournament costs, travel expenses, equipment and the “Healthy Athlete” programs.

We also believe in a national vision so 25% of funds raised from each event stay with the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. Special Olympics Canada Foundation’s objective is to provide funding for athlete and volunteer recruitment and training for each Provincial and Territorial chapter. As well as to ensure the long term financial and organizational sustainability of the Special Olympics movement

The remaining 5% is directed to the #NoGoodWay Campaign which aims to end the use of the R-word (retard) in everyday conversation. We’re encouraging Canadians to make the choice to eliminate the R-word from their vocabulary and empower them to take #NoGoodWay to their circles of influence. Click here to learn more.

Board of Directors

National Office Staff