About Us

Welcome to Special Olympics BC-Vancouver

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

-Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

Vision

Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities all across British Columbia.

Mission

Special Olympics BC – Vancouver is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport.

Our values:

  • Inclusion: We foster inclusive communities.
  • Diversity: We honour what is unique in each individual.
  • Empowerment: We create opportunities to pursue full potential.
  • Respect: We operate in an environment of cooperation, collaboration and dignity.
  • Excellence: We elevate standards and performance.

Our History

The first sports competition organized under the Special Olympics banner was held at Soldier’s Field in Chicago in 1968. Today, over 28,000 athletes with an intellectual disability participate in Special Olympic programs in Canada. Around the world, Special Olympics has grown to service over one million athletes in more than 160 countries.

Accreditation

In 1980, Special Olympics BC (SOBC) was established as an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. In 1982 the Vancouver Local was formed as part of SOBC. In SOBC there are currently 49 communities offering Special Olympic programs in BC. SOBC – Vancouver offers over 30 programs across 23 different sites, which are athlete-centered, coach-driven and administratively-assisted. Moreover, our local is entirely run by over 100 dedicated volunteers.

Integration

These programs give athletes the opportunity to train year-round in order to compete and test their skills against athletes of similar ability. Our more than 250 athletes are aged 2 to 84, and of all ability levels from developmental to elite. Athletes train and compete at the regional level and have the opportunity to qualify and participate in provincial, national and world games.