About the Invitational Youth Games
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement, the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games will bring together 2,000 student-athletes from around the world to Toronto, May 14th to 17th, 2019. For the first time, high school-aged athletes with an intellectual disability will have the chance to compete in an international sports competition. Athletes aged 13-21 both with and without an intellectual disability will compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, floor hockey or, soccer.
All sports will offer two types of team divisions. A traditional division, where all athletes on the team have an intellectual disability, and a unified division, where athletes with and without an intellectual disability will have the opportunity to compete on the same team. Unified Sport provides a unique and fantastic opportunity for students with an intellectual disability to compete alongside their mainstream peers. All athletes are of similar ability level in their sport and therefore are able to contribute equally as a team. Furthermore, all sports will be broken down into multiple ability divisions, where athletes will have the opportunity to compete against only those of similar ability levels, ensuring fair and safe competition for all.
Building off of the successful School Championships program offered in Ontario since the 2011/2012 school year, the Youth Games will act as a great opportunity for Ontario to invite the rest of the world to Toronto to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and showcase the power of age appropriate and unified competition opportunities for our youth athletes!
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"