Special Olympics British Columbia Society

Since 1980, Special Olympics BC has provided individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enhance their life and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences.

SOBC ImageOur Impact Why We Exist

Special Olympics is one of the world's most powerful and effective movements, one that forever changes the way people with an intellectual disability are perceived and treated, Through the transformative power and joy of sport, Special Olympics reveals the champion in all of us.

Athlete's Oath: Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Our Story What We Do

Special Olympics BC offers youth, sport, and health programs for all ages giving athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to get active,  and strive for goals no matter what stage they are at in life. The year-round programs run by SOBC Locals in up to 18 sports and youth programs 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. Our athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Our Programs How We Do It

Special Olympics BC provides year-round, high-quality sports programs and competitions for more than 4,600 athletes in 57 communities around the province, with the vital assistance of more than 3,900 trained, dedicated volunteers. We currently offer programs in Kelowna, Keremos, Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, and South Okanagan.


What You Can Do


Taking part in Special Olympics gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and discover your true potential.


Every dollar raised for Special Olympics BC goes directly into maintaining, growing and improving our programs.


You don’t need a sport background to volunteer with SOBC. All you need is enthusiasm for helping people with intellectual disabilities.


Charlotte Taylor
Manager, Fund Development
Charitable Number: 129472411RR0001

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