Every day Special Olympics Ottawa 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 2010, 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 perserverence 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.


Fundraising Event Sponsorship         

Sponsor one of Special Olympics Ottawa’s existing fundraising events or develop a new, customized fundraising event.

•Sponsor an Athlete
Each year it costs approximately $1,200.00 to send 1 athlete to the National Games. $1,200.00 is a bargain when you consider that pays for the athletes uniform, transportation, accommodations, meals, as well as registration fees for the games.

Special Olympics Ottawa 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 Fundraising Co-ordinator at or by phone at (613) 860-6184 for more information and help to organize your event.


Become a Sponsor        

Special Olympics Ottawa represents a unique and fresh sponsorship opportunity for your company/organization. By becoming a Special Olympics Ottawa sponsor, your company/organization will join a prestigious group of companies who have made their commitment to Special Olympics athletes in Ottawa, and around the world.

Many exciting sponsorship opportunities exist within the organization, ranging anywhere from providing gifts-in-kind donations for fundraising events, to sponsoring various programs, events, and even games. Special Olympics Ottawa’s goal is to customize a sponsorship package that is mutually beneficial for both organizations. If you have an interest in becoming involved with a dynamic worldwide charitable organization, please contact our Community Fundraising Co-ordinator at

Media Partners Sponsorship Program         

Special Olympics Ottawa is working hard to develop a close working relationship with the print, radio, and television media in the community. In addition to their editorial coverage of Special Olympics Ottawa events and activities, Special Olympics Ottawa would like to invite the local media to assist us by providing time and space to a new endeavour – the Special Olympics Ottawa Media Partners Sponsorship Program. This multimedia program would allow Special Olympics Ottawa to promote our sport competitions and fund raising activities, as well as recognize the support of our corporate sponsors.

Planned Giving        

  • Give to an existing fund or establish your own named fund through a gift or securities.
  • Include Special Olympics Ottawa in your will or estate plan.
  • Give a life insurance policy – a tax receipt is issued for the premiums paid, when a charity is named as the owner and the beneficiary of a new or existing policy.
  • Set up a gift planning instrument such as marketable securities to suit your financial needs.
  • Establish a corporate giving program – a business may find it advantageous to use Special Olympics Ottawa as a vehicle for supporting local Special Olympics programs and/or special initiatives, which relate to the Special Olympics mandate.
  • Give a memorial gift in the name of a friend or relative – Special Olympics Ottawa would welcome the opportunity to suggest the vehicle for giving which is most appropriate for your situation and interests, as well as answer any questions you may have. We recommend that all gifts be discussed with your financial advisor.

Planned giving enables you to leave a legacy within your community by enabling Special Olympics Ottawa to provide life-enhancing sports experiences to individuals with an intellectual disability in the future, while providing tax and financial benefits to you today.

Have your professional advisor tell you more about the financial and tax benefits of planned gifts to provide you with information on the following planned giving options:

  • Leaving a specific dollar amount or percentage of your assets, such as cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, term deposits, real estate, vehicles, art, jewellery, or insurance in your will.
  • Naming Special Olympics Ottawa as the beneficiary or your RRSP, RRIF, or pension.
  • Naming Special Olympics Ottawa as the beneficiary of an existing or paid-up life insurance policy.
  • Purchasing a new life-insurance policy naming Special Olympics Ottawa as the beneficiary.

GIFT-In-Kind Donations         

Donate items or services for auction and sporting events.

Gifts to Special Olympics Ottawa 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 Ottawa District please email us at


Please mail or drop off a cheque or money order payable to Special Olympics Ottawa District.
Special Olympics Ottawa District
P.O. Box 23119
Ottawa, Ontario
K2A 4E2

613-860-6184 Community Phone Line

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