Special Olympics Milton
In March 1998, a group of like-minded and committed parents got together to form Special Olympics Milton. With the start of one floor hockey team, our journey had begun! All we had were the basics but the spirit and enthusiasm of our athletes was strong – they just wanted to play sports. Six years later, we introduced basketball and fast-forward to today we are providing quality programs to 90 athletes, with 57 volunteers for 8 sports…. and we don’t want to stop growing!
We are a success story as we bond, compete fairly, learn and give back to our community. With our Coaches, Volunteers and Community Council's unwavering dedication and respect to the athletes, Special Olympics Milton has created quality training opportunities that prepares our athletes for competition. We are very lucky as a club and community to have such dedicated, authentic, caring people that bring well thought-out and respectful programs to our Milton athletes.
Thank you Special Olympics Ontario for offering connection among the families during a very isolating time. Offering many virtual activities including – Coaches Corner, Walk the World with Me, Monthly Wellness Calendars, Global Marathon of Sport, Global Virtual Torch Run, Virtual Provincial Games, Boredom Busters and Motionball. SOO has created and maintained important Community partnerships with Sobeys, Tim Hortons, Staples, KIA, to name just a few.
Athletes will always be at the heart of what we do and they remind us daily of what is possible -- the heights of excellence that lies within each one of them. Special Olympics Milton makes a positive difference in all our lives.
Special Olympics Ontario
Special Olympics Ontario is part of a worldwide charitable organization providing sport opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a grass-roots organization, Special Olympics relies on volunteers at all levels of the movement to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience. Our athletes look to our volunteers for inspiration, guidance and coaching. Over the past 50 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes, to becoming the world's largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sport.
Leading, guiding and developing Special Olympics Milton community sport and competition support.
The Special Olympics Community Council is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing full service support for Special Olympics Ontario and coaches to further Special Olympics goals, providing qualified athletes an opportunity to enhance their life and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences.
Stewardship (Demonstrated support for SOO initiatives in the community)
Collaboration (Working together both internally and externally with members of the community to advocate and promote Special Olympics programs and contributed community value)
Innovation (Delivering leading edge programs to support SOO athletes and coaches in the community)
THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Communicate with all of the stakeholders to ensure that all of the constituents have knowledge of what is happening in their community with Special Olympics.
Communicate to SOO, the activities of the community
Support and provide guidance on community growth and development
Create community awareness and exposure
Follow the financial and fundraising accountability practices for SOO to maintain the organizations good name and reputation
Ensure that athletes and volunteers are not at risk and are not prevented from participating for fear of risk
Improved decision making for the protection of the membership and the organization as a whole
To create an annual statement of goals for the community in regards to volunteer, athlete, sport program and competition growth
Establish set meeting times and agendas that cover the basic elements of Special Olympics programming including issues of policy and procedures, program goals etc.
Create and execute a well-organized fundraising plan to meet current and future financial needs of the community