Fun Facts About the Games

Did You Know?

  • Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Canada holds an important place in the movement's history, as its founder - Dr. Frank Hayden - is a Canadian!
  • The Youth Games will welcome 2,500 athletes and coaches from around the world to Toronto, which will be the first time that high school-aged athletes with intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to compete on the world stage!
  • The Youth Games will feature five sports (athletics/track and field, basketball, bocce, floor hockey, and soccer) in traditional and unified divisions. Traditional divisions will be made up of athletes with intellectual disabilities, while unified divisions will be made up of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities!
  • Alongside the sports competition, the Youth Games will include a Youth Leadership Summit, Elementary Sports Festival, Healthy Athletes screenings for all individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, and much more!
  • The Youth Games are built off of the successful School Championships program offered in Ontario since the 2011/2012 school year, making this 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."
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