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As we all know, COVID-19 has and continues to have a profound impact on the global community and across Canada. Although the restrictions are beginning to ease, the safety of our participants, volunteers, and Special Olympics athletes continues to be our top priority. With all of this in mind, we have made the decision to pivot all 2020 motionball Marathon of Sport events to one, National, VIRTUAL event on September 26th and we hope you’ll save the date to join us! For more information, click here.

motionball is a national not for profit organization that empowers young Canadians to be leaders in their communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics through integrated sporting & social events.

Special Olympics is a sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and activities allowing them to lead healthier, happier lives.

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.

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.

Traditionally, motionball hosts 40+ annual events across Canada, including Marathon of Sport events, Galas and motionball University Marathon of Sport events.

In 2020, motionball is transitioning all scheduled Marathon of Sport events to one, National, VIRTUAL event on September 26th.

Marathon of Sport in motionball’s flagship event. For 2020 – Marathon of Sport will transition to a virtual event – an hour long, action packed, and interactive broadcast that all Canadians can follow along with from ANYWHERE! Throughout the program, Canadian sport celebrities will challenge viewers to a series of fitness activities.

Participants can register for this event for FREE as part of a team, or individually, in order to raise funds and qualify for amazing prizes! This event is open to all Canadians, and will invite non-registered participants to make an optional donation to motionball during viewing.

For more information on Marathon of Sport, click here.

motionball now hosts Marathon of Sport events for students on over 30 campuses across Canada. For 2020 – all Canadian students will have the opportunity to register for FREE as part of their school Team, or individually, in order to raise funds and qualify for amazing prizes!

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

Interested in working with us to bring a motionballU event to your school? Email emma@motionball.com today!

The 2020 motionball Marathon of Sport is nationally sponsored by AIR MILES, Pita Pit Etherington Generations, Manifesto Sport and Rogers Sports and Media. 

motionball events are also locally sponsored by over 200 Canadian companies. Click here to connect with our Team and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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.

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

MARATHON OF SPORT

In 2020, Marathon of Sport will be an hour long, action packed, and interactive broadcast that all Canadians can follow along with from ANYWHERE! Throughout the program, Canadian sport celebrities will challenge viewers to a series of fitness activities.

We will not be gathering together on the day of the event for a multi-sport tournament. You will instead by tuning into the online broadcast from a location of your choosing on September 26th.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Online! More details on how to tune in will be provided through motionball’s social media platforms and sent directly to all registered participants in advance of the event.

You can register by either building a Team of friends, family and colleagues OR signing up as an individual. Click here to get started!

There is no registration fee for the 2020 motionball Marathon of Sport – it is FREE! 

Each participant will be provided with an individual fundraising link and will be encouraged to share with their networks to raise the important funds needed to support Special Olympics programming.

  • The opportunity to build a team or your friends, family or co-workers 
  • A Special Olympics athlete teammate will be added to your team, and you’ll be able to meet them and hang out virtually! 
  • Get your own unique fundraising link and qualify for incredible prizes as you raise funds for the cause! 

The opportunity to qualify for some amazing fundraising incentives thanks to our friends at Under Armour, AIR MILES and Pita Pit!

There is no age limit to participate in the 2020 motionball Marathon of Sport. All participants must register online and participants under the age of majority in your province will need to have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Click here to see the list of Marathon of Sport communities! 

Don’t see your city? Choose the community closest to you

We recommend that Teams continue to register together so they have the opportunity to connect and engage with one of the local Special Olympics athletes we proudly support.

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

  • Standard Teams will appoint a Team Captain to recruit friends, family or colleagues to join them. Each Standard Team will be e-introduced to local Special Olympics athlete(s) who will provide inspiration leading up to the event. Together, Standard Teams will set a fundraising goal and all participants will work together to reach this goal and raise awareness amongst their networks.On September 26th, all of your teammates and their families can tune in to the Marathon of Sport broadcast from the location of their choosing! 
  • Corporate Teams will appoint a Team Captain who will recruit colleagues to register and compete in the Corporate Challenge (*link to Corporate Challenge Section). This new initiative allows employees to stay active at the office or at home. Corporate Teams will choose their company’s activity goal & time frame, then challenge teammates to log physical activity leading up the virtual event on motionball’s FREE online platform. Your team will be e-introduced to local Special Olympics athlete(s) who will be helping you reach your goal, and providing inspiration. On September 26th, all of your employees and their families can tune in to the Marathon of Sport broadcast from the location of their choosing! 

Ready to get started? Click here and follow these easy steps to become a Team Captain and launch your Team’s registration!

There is no limit as to how many people can register to your Team! The more the merrier! ALL participants must register online.

Yes! You are welcome to invite your friends / family who live in another city or province or country to join your Team and participate on September 26th! They will be able to login to view the online broadcast and participate from the location of their choosing!

Yes! All Canadians are welcome to participate as a Team OR an Individual! To register as an individual – please click here.

  1. Opening Ceremonies: You’ll be invited to a local motionball Instagram account to tune into our Opening Ceremonies and meet the incredible Special Olympics athletes we’re proudly supporting! 
  2. Marathon of Sport Broadcast: Then, you’ll tune into an hour long, action packed, and interactive broadcast that you can follow along with from ANYWHERE! Hosted by Tessa Virtue, Canadian sport celebrities will guide you through a series of fitness activities with a few fun challenges along the way! No equipment will be required to complete these activities. All you will need is the internet to access the online broadcast. 
  3. Closing Ceremonies: Following the broadcast, we’ll ask you to join us again on our local motionball Instagram account for Closing Ceremonies!
  4. Virtual After Party: More details to come! 

Official start times and all links to view will be posted on the motionball website, social media accounts and sent directly to all registered participants!

You will be guided through a sport specific warm up or drill that each of the athletes would use on a typical game day! The activities will vary depending on the sport in which the Canadian athlete leading the session plays!

No, but you can qualify for these items through fundraising as they will be available as an incentive.

Internet access! That’s it! No other equipment will be required to follow along.

Working alongside the local Special Olympics Provincial Chapter, motionball will e-introduce Team Captains to local Special Olympics athletes! These athletes will then be a part of your Team, with their photo and bio included on your personal fundraising pages. We encourage the Team to connect with their SO athlete once in advance of the big day to learn more about them and share how excited you are to have them as part of your Team!

If you know a Special Olympics athlete, and would like to have them join your team, please connect with your local Committee!

We do hope that motionballers will continue to fundraise. Our friends, the local Special Olympics athletes are eager to get back on the playing field and your fundraising efforts will help to ensure that no SO athlete is left behind when programming returns.

We love it when local businesses get involved with motionball! They can get involved in 3 ways – either as donors, sponsors or participants! Click here to connect with our National Office and get more information.

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 for Special Olympics. 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 (as per CRA regulations). 

CORPORATE TEAMS → The organization can put in a corporate team with as many employees as they’d like! By registering as a Corporate Team, you will have access to the Corporate Challenge (link to Corp Challenge section) platform to engage all of your employees in the weeks leading up to Marathon of Sport.

Yes! More information on this will be provided prior to the event.

No problem! We’re sad they aren’t able to join us but that will not affect you and the rest of your Teammates ability to tune in and follow along with our broadcast!

If you are able to recruit someone to fill this spot, they will need to register and sign the waiver which they can do online through this link marathonofsport.com.

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

Choose the motionball Community closest to you and register a Team for that event! We will ensure that any funds raised by you and your Teammates are directed back to your Community specifically.

Your friends are welcome to participate in Marathon of Sport if they register! This is a great way to get them involved. Click here to begin the registration process.

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

CORPORATE CHALLENGE

This new initiative allows your employees to stay active at the office or at home in support of Special Olympics athletes across Canada. Just choose your activity goal & time frame, then challenge your team to log physical activity leading up the virtual event on our FREE platform.  

 

Your team will be paired with a local Special Olympics athlete who will be helping you reach your goal, and providing inspiration.. As you get closer to achieving your company-wide goal, your employees will also be met with virtual messages from Special Olympics athletes in each province and territory. 


On September 26th, all of your employees and their families can tune in to the Marathon of Sport broadcast  – a 50-minute workout hosted by Olympic Gold medalist Tessa Virtue and her sport celebrity friends. Your team can follow along at home, or in person with colleagues, friends, or family (if it is safe to do so).

motionball will work with you to determine your company’s activity goal, based on how many employees you would like to engage, how long you would like them to log activity for, etc. All activity will be logged on motionball’s easy to use online platform. 

The goal for activity can also be set up as a factor of the donation the company is making. For example: For every minute of activity logged by YOUR COMPANY employees from X date to X date, YOUR COMPANY donates $X  to motionball, up to a maximum of your choosing.

There is no minimum fee to participate, and you can determine how much you would like to contribute. However, if your company would like to be recognized as an event sponsor, you can choose from a variety of sponsorship levels.

Fundraising is completely optional. All registered participants will be provided with a personal donation link and fundraising tools automatically. All those who choose to fundraise will be eligible to earn incentives, including Under Armour gear and more.

No! Companies can engage as many employees as they choose! This is a great way to get even MORE people involved with motionball, with no barriers to participate.

Yes! Special Olympics athletes assigned to corporate teams will participate in logging activity and help the team reach their goal. motionball will provide a photo and bio of your athlete(s), which will be on your team’s online dashboard. We encourage all of our corporate teams to connect with athletes virtually in advance and day of the event by email or video conference.

Yes! We encourage friendly competition between companies and their clients, competitors, or even internally between local offices! While each company will have unique goals, you can challenge your peers in many ways: fundraising, activity logged, how many employees are signed up, etc.

FUNDRAISING

With Special Olympics programs and initiatives on hold, our athletes need us more than ever. For many of them, Special Olympics is not just about sport, or staying fit and healthy, but also about providing a social network, a sense of belonging and a valuable source of stability – all essential to their mental and physical health. 

Our goal is to raise the important funds needed in order to ensure that all Special Olympics programs can return stronger than ever, and that no athlete is left behind. 

Each registered participant will be provided with an individual fundraising link that can be shared with their contacts and networks to collect donations. As participants reach certain fundraising levels, they will be eligible to receive motionball’s branded incentives.

Go to www.marathonofsport.com to register, login, or reset your password.  Your personal fundraising link will be at the top of your dashboard when you sign in!

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

INCENTIVES

As you reach certain fundraising levels, our National Sponsor, Under Armour will provide participants with motionball branded swag!  The 2020 incentive levels are:  

  • $75 – motionball hat 
  • $150 – 2020 motionball Under Armour participant shirt
  • $300: Under Armour one-time 40% off discount code (may vary by city)
      •  One time use
      • 40% off 
      • Up to $1000 before discount maximum cart spend
      • Valid until Dec 31st 2020
      • Cannot be combined with other offers
      • Valid online only at underarmour.ca
  • $500: Under Armour hoodie
  • $750: Under Armour backpack 
  • $1000: Under Armour Track Pants
  • $1500: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Gala Ticket (Calgary, Halifax, Toronto)
  • $2000: Under Armour shoes

You may qualify for incentives until 11:59PM September 26, 2020. Any swag you have qualified for by August 30th will be shipped to you before September 26th! Any swag you have qualified for in September, will be sent directly to you the first week of October.

Donations can be made and collected up until 2 weeks post event, however only funds collected up until 11:59PM on September 26th will qualify participants for the fundraising incentives.

DONATIONS

Through your individual fundraising links online, cash or cheques. All cheques can be made out to motionball for Special Olympics.

Cash and cheque donations should be mailed to the motionball National Office, along with a filled out pledge form (link to new pledge form).

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 sent by mail will receive a tax receipt post-event. Contact info@motionball.com for any questions or issues.

Donations can be made and collected up until 2 weeks post event, however only funds collected up until 11:59PM on September 26th will qualify participants for the fundraising incentives.

VOLUNTEERING

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.

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, National Events 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 and many are affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation, so please connect with the Volunteer Lead identified on the city-specific event page for more info!

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES

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.

This year’s Marathon of Sport will be an hour long, action packed, and interactive broadcast that you can follow along with from ANYWHERE! Throughout the program, Canadian sport celebrities will challenge you to a series of fitness activities.

Contact your local Special Olympics Chapter to find out more.

There is no age limit to participate in the 2020 motionball Marathon of Sport. All Special Olympics athletes must register through their local Special Olympics Chapter. Please connect with them directly for more information.

You will need to have internet access in order to follow along with the broadcast on September 26th. If you do not have internet access, please connect with your local Special Olympics Chapter who may be able to support in finding a solution for you to tune in!

Yes! For more information on how to join a motionball Marathon of Sport Team as a Special Olympics athlete, please connect with your local Special Olympics Chapter.

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

Get them in touch with your local Special Olympics chapter.

motionball welcomes all friends and family to participate or tune in! Reach out to info@motionball.com for more information.

We’re so excited to have you join us! Please connect with your local Special Olympics chapter for all the info you need to tune in!