Every day Special Olympics Dufferin makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of people living with intellectual disabilities. That difference is reflected in their relationships with their friends and their families, as well as many other aspects of their lives.

Special Olympics is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides sports training and competition opportunities at regional, provincial, national, and international levels for individuals with an intellectual disability. Its primary objective is to contribute to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities through positive, successful experiences in sport. These positive experiences help build self-confidence, self-esteem, pride, and a great sense of accomplishment.

Your contributions will help athletes:

    • participate in the sport they wish in the community where they live

    • enjoy programs every day of the year

    • grow physically, emotionally, and socially

    • compete locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally

    • make dreams come true

We need your help!

Help us give the power of sport this year – Special Olympics Ontario is more than sports, it is about the lessons learned on the playing field and the impact on life skills. Sports training teaches important lessons about perseverance, endurance, and setting goals.

Donate to Special Olympics today. For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in sport and competition, develop belief in themselves, gain acceptance from others and form life-long friendships.

Everyone deserves a chance to triumph, to overcome the odds and show the world that their ability is not their disability. With your support, more people will have that opportunity. As we begin 2013, can we count on your donation to make a difference?

Help us reach out to more individuals with intellectual disabilities. Your generosity will make a life-changing difference. No matter what the amount, whether you can afford a gift of $25, $50, or $100 or more, please don’t wait. Make the most generous donation you can afford today.

Support an Athlete – At the heart of Special Olympics are its athletes. With quality training, equipment, facilities, and uniforms, these areas and more help towards enhancing athlete experiences!

Enhance Sport Training & Competitions – Access to sport competitions provides an avenue for all the hard work and perseverance that athletes put forth year- round. Costs include registration fees, meals, accommodation, and transportation.

Strengthen Coach & Volunteer Development – Coaches and volunteers help provide leadership and training. In order to assist athletes achieve their dreams and goals, coaches and volunteers need access to all available quality sporting resources.

You can help Special Olympics athletes win at life!

$5 will subsidize the payment for an athlete to participate in a sport.

$30 will send an athlete to a local competition

$100 will provide a coach with specialized training.

$150 will send an athlete to a provincial game.

$300 purchases equipment for one Special Olympics sport club to be developed.

$1,000 will send a team to a local competition

$100 per month or $1,200 per year sends one athlete to National Games.

Fund-raising Event Sponsorship

Special OlympicsDufferin is looking for individuals, families, or businesses to Sponsor An Athlete. You can be as creative as you like. You can hold a fundraiser such as a pub night, BBQ, silent auction, golf tournament, mini putt tournament, hold a go-cart race, a sport challenge or anything that interests you. The sky is the limit.

We can provide you with posters and brochures for your event. Please contact our Community Co-ordinator at or by phone at (519) 941-9090 for more information and help to organize your event.

GIFT-In-Kind Donations

Donate items or services for auction and sporting events.

Gifts to Special Olympics Dufferin are a tangible way to show support for our Special Olympics’ athletes and our life changing community programs. Gifts or bequests can be made in several ways.

If you are interested in making a donation or holding a fundraiser for Special Olympics Ontario Dufferin District please email the community coordinator.

Thank you to everyone who has organized and participated in our recent fund-raising events. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by all of our volunteers and athletes.