Our Mission is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. In 1980, Special Olympics BC started out with two weekends of games and about 500 participants. Forty years later, we are providing year-round, high-quality sports programs and competitions for more than 5,200 athletes in 55 communities around the province, with the vital assistance of more than 4,300 trained, dedicated volunteers.
The programs run by SOBC Locals in up to 18 sports give athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national and international levels.
The benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: our athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
Athlete’s Oath: Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.