April 23, 2016 - 12:00 PM
KELOWNA - Excitement is mounting as teams rush to register for Kelowna's 5th annual motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna presented by Interior Savings set to take place at Kelowna City Park Saturday, June 11.
Teams of young professionals pared with Special Olympics athletes will take to the fields for a full day of fun matches in six different sports including soccer, flag football, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
Co-Event Director and regular participant, Donnie Ungaro, is proud to be a part of such an inspiring event and believes that the event’s growth shows others feel the same.
"Over the past two years motionball Kelowna has raised over $100,000 for the Special Olympics," says Ungaro. "We now have over 200 participants annually, many of which are returning players who have seen the event’s impact firsthand. Witnessing the Special Olympics athletes become more confident over their years of involvement in Special Olympics, and to see their joy in being included during motionball, is a rewarding experience."
Each participating team is made up of approximately 10 young professionals with a goal of raising $1600 per team or $160 per person. Points are awarded to teams based on team scores, fundraising efforts and social media participation for chances to win some great prizes including excellent perks at the event's after party.
"You do not need to be an athlete to register," explains Ungaro. "We all enjoy participating in the challenges, but the event is meant to be social, fun, and inclusive. It is all about raising funds and awareness for those with intellectual disabilities locally and across Canada."
The Special Olympics movement provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to be a part of a community and overcome challenges they never thought possible. Programs across Canada help build resilience, confidence, and problem solving skills, which make a difference in all aspects of the athletes’ lives, including their likelihood to work.
On average there are 800,000 Canadians who have intellectual disabilities. Of those, Special Olympics athletes are five times more likely to work than adults who are not enrolled in Special Olympics.
To register a team for this year’s motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna presented by Interior Savings email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.motionball.com for more details. Spaces fill up quickly. Sign up to reserve your spot today.
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