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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 a meaningful difference for generations to come.

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 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.

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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 to their own 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. Fast forward to 2013 – motionball was operating in 8 cities across Canada, and began to expand onto university campuses. By 2015, motionball delivered its first ever annual donation of $1 million 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

NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF

VOLUNTEER EVENT DIRECTORS

Scott
Southward

Toronto MOS

Julie
Gathercole

Calgary Gala

Tasha
Bell

Calgary Gala

Carrie
Soby

Calgary MOS

Annie
Miliken

Calgary MOS

Diana
Newman

Vancouver MOS

Jaclyn
Cummings

Vancouver Gala

Alex
DesRochers

Kingston MOS

Emma
Jackson

Kingston MOS

Derek
Fuhr

Kelowna MOS

Ashley Manson
(Miller)

Kelowna MOS

Jamie
Carpenter

Kelowna MOS

Dave
Jones

Halifax Gala and MOS

Cher
Digdon

Halifax Gala and MOS

Chris
Rafuse

Halifax Gala and MOS

Kim
Davy

Saskatoon mOS

Danielle
Robertson-Boersma

Saskatoon mOS

Ben
MacDonald

PEI MOS

Monica
Manaigre

Winnipeg MOS

Rachel
Gordon

Winnipeg MOS

Reza
Mashkoori

Ottawa MOS

Liz
Mackenzie

Ottawa MOS

Alexandria
Haggarty

HAMILTON MOS

Jeremy
Haggarty

HAMILTON MOS

Anthony
Colonna

Montreal MOS

Riccardo
Zerbino

Montreal MOS

Karen
Unger

Edmonton MOS

David
Ogbuah

Cape Breton MOS

Chloe
Zinck

Cape Breton MOS

David
Muise

Saint John MOS