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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

motionball is a national non-profit that empowers young Canadians to be leaders in their communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics through integrated social and sporting events. 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 meaningful difference for generations to come.

Our purpose is to create a sustainable funding model and base of supporters for the Special Olympics movement.  At the same time, we’re providing more people with the tools to pursue their passions and make a difference in their own communities. 

Our 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 17 Canadian cities and 34 university campuses. Through these events and as a result of the many individuals, partners and organizations that have supported the movement, motionball has donated over $14,000,000 net since its inception in 2002.

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OUR HISTORY

motionball was founded in 2002 by 3 brothers – Paul, Mark and Sean Etherington. Growing up, they learned the importance of volunteerism through their parents, who were, and are to this day strong supporters and advocates of the Special Olympics movement. After many years of volunteering at events and coaching  Special Olympics  teams, the brothers decided to connect a cause they were passionate about with their peers. With the help of their friends and professional networks, motionball was born. 

The first ever motionball Gala was held in Toronto, raising $45,000 for the cause, and run entirely by volunteers. Marathon of Sport came to be in 2003, and within a few years, the event was replicated in Vancouver, Halifax and Calgary. By 2013 motionball was operating in eight cities across Canada and began expanding to university campuses. By 2015, motionball delivered its first ever annual donation of $1,000,000 to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.  

Today, motionball continues to be a volunteer led organization, with many founding board members (the Etherington Brothers, Graham White and Darcy Montgomery) still volunteering their time to the organization. Mark and Paul Etherington remain heavily involved with the day to day operations acting as volunteer President and Chairman respectively, along with a small and passionate national office staff who support our volunteer Event Directors from coast to coast. In 2019, this ever expanding network were proud to donate for the year $2.1 million to Special Olympics.

VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF

VOLUNTEER EVENT DIRECTORS

Julie
Gathercole

Calgary Gala

Paul
Horton

Calgary Gala

Annie
Milliken

Calgary MOS

Carrie
Soby

Calgary MOS

David
Ogbuah

Cape Breton MOS

Chloe
Zinck

Cape Breton MOS

Hayley
Cross

Edmonton MOS

Celeste
Soete

Edmonton MOS

Dave
Jones

Halifax Gala and MOS

Cher
Digdon

Halifax Gala and MOS

Chris
Rafuse

Halifax Gala and MOS

Alexandria
Haggarty

HAMILTON MOS

Jeremy
Haggarty

HAMILTON MOS

Derek
Fuhr

Kelowna MOS

Jamie
Carpenter

Kelowna MOS

Jessica
Heinrich

Kelowna MOS

Holly
Harrington

Kingston MOS

Emma
Lambert

Kingston MOS

Anthony
Colonna

Montreal MOS

Riccardo
Zerbino

Montreal MOS

Braeden Hunt

Oakville MOS

Shelby Letkemann

Oakville MOS

Shannon
Goby

Ottawa MOS

Ben
MacDonald

PEI MOS

Kayla
Blackmore

Saint John MOS

Danielle
Robertson-Boersma

Saskatoon MOS

Jasmin
Ogren

Saskatoon MOS

Reza
Askari

Vancouver MOS

Jimmy
Darbyshire

Vancouver MOS

Taylor
Conte

Winsdor MOS

Marisa
Conte

Winsdor MOS

Monica
Manaigre

Winnipeg MOS

Rachel
Gordon

Winnipeg MOS

motionballU Volunteer event directors

Meghan
MacLeod

Acadia University

Julia
Sylvester

Acadia University

Ella Lee

Bishops University

Kyra
Simons

Bishops University

Natalie
Hamel

Brock University

Veronica
Muccino

Concordia University

Ryan
Beauchamp

Concordia University

Emma Starr

Dalhousie University

Melanie
Clayton

dalhousie University

Matthew
Fowler

lakehead University

Jessica
Hanson

MCGILL UNIVERSITY

Roos
Nijzink

MCGILL UNIVERSITY

Nura
Khattab

McMaster university

Emily
Van Berkel

McMaster university

Marlee
Ament

Memorial University

Rowan
Gibbson

Mount Royal University

 

Emma
Shimizu

Nippising University

Ashlynne
Koly

Ontario Tech University

Marley
Mullan

Queens University

Kate
Medd

Queens University

Mikaela
Dodig

Ryerson University

Ashley
Collins

St. FX University

Olivia Mclennan

Thompson Rivers University

Jeeva
Gill

Thompson Rivers University

Emma
Wiwichar

University of Alberta

Taylor
Krochak

University of Alberta

Katelyn
Matchim

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Hailey
Wright

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Ysabelle
Tumaneng

University of British Columbia Vancouver

Maya
Lappin

University of British Columbia Vancouver

Donovan
Smith

University of Calgary

Lucas
Omazic

University of Guelph

Maddie
Fischer

University of Guelph

Logan
White

University of Guelph Humber

Reese
Arsenault

University of Lethbridge

Marissa
Naylor

University of Manitoba

Emily
Antonio

University of Manitoba

Anna Lee
LeBlanc

University of New Brunswick

Cole
Morash

University of New Brunswick

Madison
Taylor

University of Northern British Columbia

Bryce
Dodds

University of Ottawa

Rachel
Jackson

University of Ottawa

Hannah
Klassen

University of Regina

Kayla
Kish

University of Saskatchewan

Jackson
Dirk

University of Saskatchewan

Katrina
Frankenberger

University of the Fraser Valley

Chloe
Ellard

University of Toronto

Andrei Uzumtoma

University of Toronto

Ripanjot
Gill

University of Winnipeg

Erin
Heidecker

Western University

Tim
Montgomery

Western University

Charlie
Bulmer

Wilfred Laurier University

Accountability & Governance

motionball is a not for profit organization that prides itself on introducing Canadians to the Special Olympics movement through integrated and inclusive sport and social events.  We appreciate there are costs associated with running fundraising events and we are mindful of the investment, however, we also firmly believe our events champion integration and awareness between those with intellectual disabilities and those without.  The greatest tool we have in levelling the playing field and allowing our participants to meet, interact and engage with Special Olympics athletes is by having them spend a day together on the playing fields and creating meaningful relationships through sport.

As an organization we acknowledge the importance of being good stewards of the dollars donated to motionball and therefore we follow an internal objective to ensure our Marathon of Sport events (which represents 80% of our fundraising totals) keep their event costs to under 20% of gross revenue; and our Gala events at below 50%..  

We are proudly a volunteer lead organization, and from inception our Founders, Board Members & Volunteer Event Directors receive no compensation for their considerable time, effort and enthusiasm for making a difference in their communities.  

As motionball has grown so too has our professional staff and as of 2020 motionball has 6 full time employees who support our almost 100 passionate motionball Volunteer Event Directors and the 50 events hosted throughout the year.  We are committed to a thoughtful investment in our paid team in order to expand motionball’s reach and ultimately increase funding and awareness of Special Olympics in Canada. 

In terms of our 2019 Revenue & Expenses:

Gross 2019 Revenue      $3,446,297
Gross Event Costs              $863,142
Operating Costs                 $431,000
Donation to SOCF           $2,100,000    
Future event costs               $51,000

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