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 motionball Vancouver, we’re working to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities living in Vancouver are included, supported, and celebrated.
motionball events put the fun back into giving, in Vancouver and across Canada.
This year in particular, Special Olympics athletes need us more than ever as many remain isolated and alone, at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general population. Join us in raising funds and awareness for the cause so that Special Olympics sport programs can return with strength, and that no athlete is left behind.
Our hope is that by late summer or Fall 2021, we will be able to bring motionballers together to host a variety of Marathon of Sport inspired events. Of course, the safety of our participants, guests, volunteers and Special Olympics athletes remains our top priority so any event we are able to hold will be based on local and provincial guidelines for gatherings and events.
Our friends at SOBC need our help! In a normal year, athletes would be training hard and preparing to compete in the 2021 Special Olympics BC Summer Games which were scheduled for July in Surrey. But this is no ordinary year – there are no provincial games in Surrey, and athletes have not been able to train as they normally would have for the past year. However, the athletes still have goals, are missing their friends, and want to compete. So, SOBC is hosting the Provincial Challenge Games from April 29th – June 24th and they need our help as Training Group Leaders!
These individuals will be assigned to 3 or 4 athletes, and their role is to connect with the athletes a couple times a week to encourage them to meet the challenges for the week! For more information on becoming a Training Group Leader for the SOBC Provincial Challenge Games, click here.
VIRTUAL WORKOUT HOSTS
SOBC is also looking for volunteers to lead activities Tuesdays or Thursdays for athletes on Facebook Live!
- Trainer Tuesdays: You’ll be leading workouts for the SOBC athletes that get the blood pumping and muscles working!
- Throwdown Thursdays: Get creative! You’ll host a session for the SOBC athletes that can be anything sport or health related!
If you have a background in any sport-focused strength and conditioning, would like to host a healthy recipe cooking session, take our athletes through a yoga session, or have any creative ideas that encourage our athletes to be active and lead a healthy life, we want to hear from you! For more information about this volunteer opportunity, click here.
Interested in getting involved with motionball Vancouver? Click here to connect with the motionball Vancouver team!
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 motionball Vancouver events to Special Olympics BC. 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.