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Meet Special Olympics Canada

Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power of sport.

From 2-year-olds to mature adults, more than 42,000 Special Olympics athletes are registered in 6,175 programs in 365 communities across Canada. They are supported by more than 20,253 coaches and volunteers.

Our relationship with Special Olympics Canada is one of our longest-standing partnerships. We are proud to help build moments of joy for families AND empower athletes, coaches, and caregivers to fuel their bodies with healthy food!

Since our national partnership began in 2016, we’ve raised and donated over $12 million through sport, health, and fitness. Our Support for Special Olympics is year-round – from food donations for provincial events to fundraisers organized by local stores.

“Special Olympics Canada supports more than 41,000 athletes across the country with intellectual and developmental disabilities through daily community sport programs and events that transform lives. Thanks to the generous and long-standing commitment from Empire, we can provide athletes with the opportunity to participate in various sports such as golf, where they make friends, learn skills and stay healthy. Your support is helping to create more inclusive and caring communities across Canada. Thank You.”

Gail Hamamoto

Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada, Special Olympics Canada

Meet a Few More of our Community Partners

Kids Help Phone

Toonies for Tummies

Children’s Hospitals

Food Banks & Meal Programs