UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY
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WHO WE ARE
motionball is a national non-profit organization that empowers young Canadians to be leaders in their communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics through inclusive social and sporting events. At the University of the Fraser Valley, we’re working to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities living in British Columbia are included, supported, and celebrated. We create relevant, meaningful experiences for university students to give back to their community, while building relationships with local Special Olympics athletes.
motionball events put the fun back into giving, at UFV and across Canada.
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WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
This day not only brings awareness to the Special Olympics movement, but allows people with and without intellectual disabilities to interact, build lifelong friendships, and ultimately create more inclusive communities.
motionball’s goal is to raise the important funds needed in order to ensure that later this year, all Special Olympics programs can return stronger than ever, to ensure that no athlete is left behind.
For many athletes, Special Olympics is not just about sport, or staying healthy, but also about providing a social network, a sense of belonging and a valuable source of stability – all essential to mental and physical health.
By making a donation to motionball or entering a Team to participate, you’re helping to ensure that our friends at Special Olympics have the resources they need to stay active and return to the sport programs they love.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Without the help of volunteers, these events would not be possible! Each University committee consists of like-minded individuals with a passion to make a difference. Does this sound like you? Join your schools committee in one of the following roles:
Team Captains Communications
Social Media Coordinator
Interested in getting involved? Connect with our local Team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET YOUR EVENT DIRECTORS
Katrina grew up as a multi-sport athlete. Sport was where she formed friendships, cultivated skills, and developed into who she is today. Katrina still plays soccer and field hockey and coaches in her community. In university Katrina developed an interest in how exercise can improve health. Katrina plans to focus her future career on using sport and physical activity to help people live fuller lives, through improving mental and physical health. In Katrina’s spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and running, and is always eager to try new activities and take on new challenges.
Annika de VriesKinesiology
Exercise and sport has been a huge part of Annikas life. Annika finds herself happiest when exercising in nature. Whether that is hiking, swimming, kayaking, or even just yoga outside. The part in Annikas life that drove her to study Kinesiology and further into physiotherapy was during high school. In my her grade 10 year she saw her father go through his second stroke and watched as his body failed in less than an hour to do basic tasks such as walking, talking, and writing his own name. Within 3 months of physiotherapy he had 95% of his normal function back in all aspects of life. That experience of watching him working so hard to fight to create new pathways in his brain and regain his normal life back drove her to want to be a physiotherapist.
motionball is working to promote positivity and inclusion, demonstrating that there is #NoGoodWay to use the “r-word” (retard). This word is hurtful, outdated, and brings back memories of being bullied and excluded for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
As motionballers, we are proud ambassadors of the #NoGoodWay campaign. Learn more and take the pledge at motionball.com/nogoodway.
motionball is proud to donate 70% of the funds raised from this event to Special Olympics British Columbia. This funding is directed to support programs for local athletes in the community. 25% is directed to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, whose mission is to ensure the long-term financial integrity of the Special Olympics movement in Canada and to fund long term athlete and volunteer growth.
The remaining 5% will help grow the #NoGoodWay Campaign aiming 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.
motionball’s mandate is to introduce the next generation of volunteers and donors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events. motionball now hosts 50+ annual events in 27 cities across Canada. motionball is proud to have donated $14M to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation since our inception in 2002.