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Last chance to register for social sporting event in support of Special Olympics

Returning participant, Jonathan Blais; Co-Event Director, Donnie Ungaro; Special Olympics Athlete Ryan Courtamanche; Kelowna Mayor, Colin Basran
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May 27, 2016 - 12:00 PM

KELOWNA - Registration is coming to a close for motionball Marathon of Sport, presented by Interior Savings, drawing last minute individuals and teams to the charitable sporting event. Taking place on June 11 in City Park, motionball brings young professionals and Special Olympics athletes together for a day of fun and sports to raise money for Special Olympics BC and Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

The event has gained a steady following of participants over the past five years of operation in Kelowna and for long-time participant Mayor Colin Basran, motionball is a day to look forward to.

“Motionball is one of my favorite charity events, combining two things I love, sports and social awareness.  It is also one of the few days of the year where I can take off my mayor’s hat and simply enjoy the day with friends,” explains Basran. “The event supports a great cause and brings like-minded people together in an inclusive, social setting. Both Motionball and Special Olympics are working to break down barriers in our community and that’s the type of city we want — a city that is inclusive and accepting of all people.”   

Two per cent of Canadians have an intellectual disability but yet only 40,000 individuals are currently engaged in Special Olympics programs. Special Olympics BC and Special Olympics Canada Foundation want to expand this number to impact the lives of more individuals locally and across the country. Being a part of Special Olympics not only gives individuals a sense of belonging and fulfillment; it provides participants with social skills, confidence and self-esteem that will stick with them for life. 

This year’s event locally will include a full day of sports — some classic, like beach volleyball, flag football and soccer and others such as barrel pong and human foosball to add a little extra fun to the mix. Each team will play alongside a Special Olympics Athlete and will be scored based on game points, social media participation and team fundraising dollars. Prizes, food, a sound system throughout the fields sponsored by New Horizon Productions and many other perks make motionball an event you won't want to miss.  

If you want to participate in motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna visit or email to register and begin fundraising.

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