Online volunteer registration now open for 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

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KAMLOOPS - Online volunteer registration is now open for the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, thanks to the form launched by the Kamloops Sports Council. With more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff set to converge in Kamloops from July 6 to 8, the 2017 SOBC Games will need over 1,000 volunteers to create an empowering and inspiring experience for the participants from all around the province and the Yukon.

“We know Canada’s Tournament Capital has an incredible community of volunteers, many of whom helped make the 2015 SOBC Winter Games a huge success, and who give their time to SOBC – Kamloops programs year-round. We will be very grateful to any volunteers who can give their time to our Provincial Games this summer,” says Lois McNary, SOBC Vice President, Sport. “We will need everything from trained sport officials and first-aid volunteers to general volunteers who will provide critical support to sport events, meals, accommodations, transportation, security, special events, media, and more. All backgrounds are welcome and everyone’s help will be appreciated by our excited and grateful athletes.”
Visit and click the “Volunteer” icon to find the form and be part of this rewarding experience. Sign up early to secure your spot – the 2015 SOBC Games filled all available roles!

SOBC is very grateful to TD Bank Group and Kamloops This Week for generously stepping forward to join the list of sponsors of the 2017 SOBC Games. Sincere thanks to all the sponsors helping create life-changing experiences through these Games:
Platinum Sponsors: City of Kamloops and School District #73
Gold Sponsors: New Gold – New Afton Mine and TD Bank Group
Bronze Sponsors: Binnie Consulting, Domtar – Kamloops, and Teck
Media Sponsors: Broadcast Centre, Kamloops This Week, and NL Broadcasting

Those interested in learning more about Games sponsorship opportunities and benefits are invited to contact SOBC President & CEO Dan Howe at or 1-888-854-2276 toll-free / 604-737-3079 direct.

About the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games
The 2017 SOBC Summer Games, set to be held in Kamloops July 6 to 8, will be the largest SOBC Games to date, with almost 1,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities from all parts of the province and the Yukon expected to compete, supported by more than 350 volunteer coaches and mission staff. Hot on the heels of the successful 2015 SOBC Winter Games, Kamloops will be the first community to host back-to-back SOBC Winter and Summer Games. The 2017 Games will feature exciting competition and inspiring displays of sportsmanship in the 11 SOBC summer sports: 5- and 10-pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming. In 2017, the SOBC Games Opening Ceremony will be held on July 6, followed by competition throughout Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8. A Closing Ceremony will be held on July 8 (open only to Games participants) and volunteer recognition breakfast on July 9.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed to help stage this inspiring event. Learn more at and find SOBC on Facebook and Instagram @specialolympicsbc and Twitter @sobcsociety; the Games hashtags will be #SOBCGames #Kamloops2017.

About Special Olympics BC
Special Olympics BC is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. In 57 communities around the province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 4,600 athletes of all ages and abilities, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,900 volunteers. For more information, please visit, and find us on Facebook and Instagram @specialolympicsbc and Twitter @sobcsociety. To learn more about SOBC – Kamloops, visit and

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