‘Marathon of Sport’ to Raise Funds for Special Olympics Canada

Published on: 2019/03/22 - in Releases

This Saturday, March 24th, local Special Olympics athletes will unite with 300+ Queen’s University students for motionball’s 5th semi-annual Marathon of Sport at Queen’s with the goal to raise over $20,000 for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

Motionball has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Special Olympics programming in Ontario over the past 10 years and has now expanded to uiversities thanks to an amazing group of student volunteers.

The local event takes place between 11:00am – 3:00pm at Queen’s University ARC, where 20 teams of Varsity athletes – each raising a minimum of $200 in pledges and each joined by a Special Olympics athlete – will take to the court for an afternoon of non-stop sports that include soccer, basketball, benchball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and more.

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11:00 am – Opening Ceremonies: Student leaders will welcome all participants and Special Olympics athletes with a high-energy introduction as Special Olympics athletes run through a cheering group of students to kick off the 55h semi-annual Marathon of Sport at Queen’s University.

11:30am to 2:30pm – Non-stop sports and smiles with all teams made up of Queen’s University Varsity athletes and local Special Olympics athletes.

12:30pm – Lunch Ceremonies: Recognition of top fundraisers (team and individual) and a nutritional lunch for all participants provided by motionball’s National Lunch Sponsor, Pita Pit Canada.

2:30pm – Closing Ceremonies: Announcement of the winning team (combination of wins, team spirit and fundraising) and announcement of total amount raised. All Special Olympics athletes will receive a participation ribbon as well!

About motionball:

motionball is a non-profit organization that is introducing the next generation of volunteers and donors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events. motionball now hosts 40 annual events in 21 cities across Canada and is proud to have donated $10.8M to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation since its inception in 2002. motionball is proudly sponsored nationally by AIR MILES, Under Armour, Pita Pit Canada, Etherington Generations, MolsonCoors and Campari Canada.

For more information, please visit motionball.com, or follow @motionballU and @queeensumotionball on Instagram and Twitter.

About Special Olympics Canada:

Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 45,000 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year- round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 20,000 volunteers, including more than 15,000 trained coaches.

For more information, please visit www.specialolympics.ca, or follow @SpecialOCanada Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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