motionball FAQs

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motionball General
Marathon of Sport General
Fundraising
Incentives
Donations
Volunteering
Special Olympics Athletes

motionball General

1. What is motionball?

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.

2. Where does the money go?

All of the funds raised at motionball events go directly to Special Olympics Canada Foundation. From there, 70% of the funds are  directed to your local Special Olympics Provincial chapter to support local programs. For example, at Marathon of Sport Toronto, 70% of funds will be donated directly to Special Olympics Ontario to support local programming initiatives. 25% stays within the Foundation to support national Special Olympics initiatives and areas of need. The remaining 5% goes to support the #NoGoodWay campaign, with the goal of changing attitudes and creating a more inclusive society for people with intellectual disabilities.

3. Does motionball have a registered charitable number?

motionball is a registered non-profit organization, and all of the funds we raise go directly to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF) – a registered Canadian charity. The Foundation’s registered charitable number is #8695 62041 RR0001.

4. How many events does motionball host?

In 2019, motionball will host 40 events including motionball Idol, the Fall Classic Golf Tournament, 3 Gala’s, 14 Marathon of Sport’s and 21 motionball University events.

5. What is motionball Idol?

motionball Idol takes place annually in Toronto every November and invites 6-8 local Special Olympics athletes and individuals with an intellectual disability to compete in a singing competition!

Each competitor performs one song lip-sync style and receives feedback from a panel of local celebrity judges! After each performance, the judges will choose a winner who will have the opportunity to perform 1 song onstage in the Governor’s Ballroom at motionball Toronto Gala the following year.

6. What is the Fall Classic Golf Tournament?

The motionball Fall Classic Golf Tournament takes place annually in September, inviting our National and Local Toronto Sponsors to play a round alongside local Special Olympics athlete golfers!

Each golfer will receive a motionball Under Armour golf shirt, motionball hat, hot breakfast, gourmet lunch, 2 complimentary drinks and more!

For more information on the Fall Classic Golf Tournament, click here to connect with National Office!

7. What is Marathon of Sport?

Marathon of Sport is a fun-filled day where groups of 87-10 friends, family and colleagues Team up to compete alongside local Special Olympics athletes in a variety of sports such as soccer, football, basketball, benchball, ultimate frisbee and more!

Each Team has a minimum fundraising goal that they must reach through pledge-based fundraising in order to participate.

For more information on Marathon of Sport, click here.

8. What are the motionball University events?

motionball now host’s Marathon of Sport events for students on 19 campuses across Canada. Similar to the city-wide Marathon of Sport events, students in groups of 8-10 will team up with local Special Olympics athletes and participate in a variety of sports and activities!

For more information on the motionball University program, please click here.

9. Who are motionball’s sponsors?

motionball is sponsored nationally by Under Armour, Molson, AIRMILES; a LoyaltyOne program, Pita Pit, Campari, and Etherington Generations.

10. What is #NoGoodWay

The #NoGoodWay campaign is motionball’s national social media initiative to end the use of the R-Word (retard) in everyday conversation. The use of this word hurts individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, even if you don’t mean anything by using it. We are encouraging Canadians to choose another word. motionball runs a #NoGoodWay day every March (2019 Date – March 27th) – stay tuned for this years content on our motionball Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages!

To learn more, visit http://www.motionball.com/nogoodway

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Marathon of Sport

11. What is Marathon of Sport?

Marathon of Sport is a fun-filled day where groups of 7-10 friends, family and colleagues Team up to compete alongside local Special Olympics athletes in a variety of sports such as soccer, football, basketball, benchball, ultimate frisbee and more!

12. How many people should be on my Team?

Each Team must have a minimum of 7 participants and no more than 10 participants as 1-2 local Special Olympics athletes will join your Team once you’re onsite at the event! Each team must be co-ed, with at least 3 players of each gender.

13. Does it really matter if I bring an extra person or 2 on the day of the event?

Yes! We will only have enough t-shirts, hats and lunch for the 7-10 people confirmed to participate so please do not bring extra participants to join your Team the day of the event! Of course, your friends and family are welcome to come and cheer you on!

14. Can I still participate if I don’t have a full team of 10?

Yes! As long as you have 7 participants, you’ll be set! If you’re between 7-8 participants, we will likely assign 2 Special Olympics athletes to join your Team to round out your roster! Remember, the more teammates you have, the easier it will be to reach your team fundraising goal!

15. One of my teammates bailed and it’s the day before the event – what do I do?

Try to find someone to take this person’s spot on your Team!

If you are able to recruit someone, they will need to sign the waiver and pay their registration fee which they can do online at marathonofsport.com or onsite at registration.

16. How old do you have to be to participate at Marathon of Sport?

Participants at Marathon of Sport must be 18+.

17. What can I expect on the day of?

Here is a sample schedule of what you may expect:

Morning:

Afternoon:

Official event day schedules will be posted on both the motionball website and Facebook!

18. How do I find out if there is a Marathon of Sport in my community?

Click here to see the list of Marathon of Sport events taking place in 2019!

19. How do I register a team?

First, decide on what type of team you would like to enter:

20. How does registration work?

21. I can no longer make the event, can I get a refund?

Registration fees are non-refundable.

22. What will I receive with my registration?

With your $50 registration, you will receive an Under Armour t-shirt, a motionball hat, Pita Pit lunch, refreshments, a ticket to the official Marathon of Sport After Party, and access to our fundraising incentives!

23. How do I become a Team Captain?

Click here to find the event you want to participate in!

Each event page will have the contact information for our local Event Directors who will be able to provide next steps to complete your registration! Or, contact us at info@motionball.com

24. How does it work with the Special Olympics athletes?

Working alongside the local Special Olympics Provincial Chapter, motionball will invite enough Special Olympics athletes so that 1-2 Special Olympics athletes can be added to each Marathon of Sport team.

When you arrive onsite at the event, each Team Captain will be required to check-in where they will then be introduced to the Special Olympics athlete(s) who will be joining their Team for the day! The athlete will already have been provided with a t-shirt to match your Team! 🙂

If you plan on bringing any extra spirit wear, please ensure you bring enough to include the 2 Special Olympics athletes joining your Team! 

25. Will I get lunch?

Yes! Each Team at Marathon of Sport will receive a mixed platter of pitas courtesy of National Sponsor, Pita Pit! There will be a vegan and vegetarian option available on each platter.

If you have allergies, are gluten-free or have any other dietary restrictions, please bring your own lunch!

26. I have a dietary restriction – will there be food available on site for me?

There will be vegan and vegetarian pitas available.

If you have any allergies, are gluten-free or have any other dietary restrictions, please bring your own lunch!

27. When will I receive my schedule for the day?

A rough schedule will be posted on the event page on motionball.com and on the Facebook event page to give you an idea of what you can expect!

The final schedule will be shared the week of the event directly to each Team Captain and through an email to each participant!

28. What sports will I play?

Every Marathon of Sport event is required to play at least 1 Special Olympics Sport.

The local Event Directors & Committee will determine the final sports which may include and are not limited to basketball, soccer, football, ultimate, bocce, corn hole, obstacle courses, benchball and more!

29. I have connections with my local business – how can I get them further involved

We love it when local businesses get involved with motionball! They can get involved in 3 ways – either as donors, sponsors or participants!

What’s the difference?

DONORS → An organization that makes a financial donation to the Marathon of Sport event is eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt. If you have a company that wants to make a donation by cheque, connect them with the motionball office. All cheques should be made out to motionball. If a donor is making an ‘in-kind’ donation, meaning they are donating a prize or certificate of some sort, motionball can create a business receipt for them.

SPONSORS → Sponsors contribute financially to the event in return for being recognized as a sponsor or a partner. If you know of a local organization who wants to sponsor your local Marathon of Sport or sponsor a sport station, get in touch with the motionball National Office.  If a company is sponsoring the event that means they are not eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

CORPORATE TEAMS → The organization can put in a corporate team of 10, where they cover the registration fee.

30. Will there be a Raffle?

Depending on which Marathon of Sport you are participating in, there may be a Raffle. This will be announced prior to the event date.

31. Is there a winner for the Marathon of Sport? How is the winner determined?

Yes! The winner is based off of 3 categories – number of wins, amount fundraised and team spirit!

32. Is there an After Party?

Yes! Every Marathon of Sport event will feature an official After Party the day of the event. More information on this will be provided prior to the event.

33. I want to get more involved with Marathon of Sport – who can I contact?

If you want to get more involved, please contact either your local Marathon of Sport Committee or the motionball National Office.

34. There isn’t a Marathon of Sport in my city – how can I get involved?

If you want to start up a Marathon of Sport in your city, you can get involved as an Event Director. Through this, you will work closely with motionball’s National Office to bring all aspects of the Marathon of Sport to life in your community. You will be responsible for building a Committee, choosing a date, finding a venue and recruiting a minimum of 12 Teams to participate. For more information on being an Event Director, please connect with Cassie, motionball’s Associate Director of Events and Operations at cassie@motionball.com.

If you live near a city where there is a Marathon of Sport, you’re also welcome to participate!

35. How can I get my friends involved with motionball?

Your friends are welcome to participate in Marathon of Sport if they register! This is a great way to get them involved.

36. Can I reach out to the motionball National Office with questions anytime?

Yes! While we appreciate you consulting this FAQ package first, please don’t hesitate to reach out to motionball’s National Office anytime. You can always expect an answer within 48hrs!

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Fundraising

37. What’s the deal with fundraising?

This is a peer-to-peer fundraising event. Each participant (non-corporate teams) is required to pay a $50 registration fee AND to fundraise (amount varies by event). You will then be provided with an individual fundraising link that can be shared with your contacts to collect additional donations.

38. How do I access my online fundraising page?

Go to www.marathonofsport.com to register, login, or reset your password.

39. There’s a problem with online fundraising page, who can I contact?

Reach out to support@motionball.com and we will solve the issue!

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Incentives

40. How do fundraising incentives work?

As you reach certain fundraising levels, our National Sponsor, Under Armour will provide participants with motionball branded swag! Your swag will be available for pick up onsite at the event!  

The 2019 incentive levels are:  

You may qualify for incentives until the day of the event, and must pick them up on site. Sizing is available on a first-come, first served basis.

41. What if I reach a new incentive level by getting a donation after the event – will I still get my incentive prize?

Donations can be made and collected up until 2 weeks post event, however only Only funds collected up until the closing ceremonies of the event will qualify participants for the fundraising incentives.  

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Donations

42. How can I collect donations?

Through your individual fundraising links online, cash or cheques.

43. I have collected cash or cheque donations. What should I do with them?

Cash and cheque donations should be brought to the event, along with a filled out pledge form.

44. Do donations receive a tax receipt?

All eligible donations of $20 or more, are eligible for a tax receipt from the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. Online donations will generate an automatic tax receipt. All donations collected on-site will receive a tax receipt post-event. Contact info@motionball.com for any questions or issues.

45. Can I still donate after the event?

Donations can be made and collected up until 2 weeks post event, however only Only funds collected up until the closing ceremonies of the event will qualify participants for the fundraising incentives.  

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Volunteering

46. How do I become a Volunteer?

Click here to find an event near you!

Each event page will have the contact information for our local Volunteer Lead who will be able to provide with more information on available opportunities.

47. What types of volunteer opportunities are available?

There are 3 types of volunteer opportunities at motionball – you can raise your hand to launch a new Marathon of Sport as an Event Director; join a Planning Committee of an existing event or support onsite the day of an event!

As an Event Director, you will work closely with motionball’s National Office to bring all aspects of the Marathon of Sport to life in your community. You will be responsible for building a Committee, choosing a date, finding a venue and recruiting a minimum of 12 Teams to participate. For more information on being an Event Director, please connect with Cassie, motionball’s Associate Director of Events and Operations at cassie@motionball.com.

The Planning Committee supports the Event Director(s) in bringing the event to life! Committee roles can include but are not limited to Team Captain Recruitment, Sponsorship and Social Media & Marketing.

Our most popular opportunity is onsite at the event! These roles can include but are not limited to Registration, Sport Station Managers, Raffle Ticket Sellers and more!

Committee and onsite volunteer opportunities vary from city to city so please connect with the Volunteer Lead identified on the event page for more info!

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Special Olympics athletes

48. What is motionball?

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.

49. What is Marathon of Sport?

The motionball Marathon of Sport is a fun day of athletic competition where Special Olympics athletes (YOU!) play a variety of sports alongside motionball supporters!

50. How do I sign up for Marathon of Sport?

Contact your local Special Olympics Chapter to find out if motionball is in your community.

51. How old do I have to be to participate in Marathon of Sport?

The minimum age to participate is 16, with permission of a parent or guardian. Athletes will be expected to spend over 6 hours playing sports with their team.

52. What do we need to bring to Marathon of Sport?

A refillable water bottle, a great attitude, and a BIG SMILE!

53. What will be provided at Marathon of Sport?

54. How does it work with Teams?

Each Marathon of Sport team will have 1-2 Special Olympics athletes on it! When you arrive onsite at the event, we will provide you with a t-shirt and your team captain will meet you and introduce you to your team!

55. I am an SO athlete and I would like to fundraise for Marathon of Sport – how can I do this?

Let your contact at Special Olympics know, and we will set up a fundraising page for you!

56. How do I get my Special Olympics Teammates involved with motionball and Marathon of Sport?

Get them in touch with your local Special Olympics chapter.

57. How can my family get more involved with motionball and Marathon of Sport?

motionball welcomes friends and family to volunteer and participate. Reach out to info@motionball.com for these opportunities.