2,000 athletes. 500 coaches. 7 International regions. 5 sports. 4 days of competition.
The games will host a unified sports and traditional team option for athletes aged 13-21 in five sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, floor hockey, and soccer. Modelled after the School Championships Program, first launched by Special Olympics Ontario in 2011, the Invitational Youth Games (IYG) will serve as a landmark event during the 50th anniversary year of the Special Olympics movement (June 2018 – June 2019).
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), including the Toronto Police Service and Honorary Chair Toronto Police Service Chief, Mark Saunders, will play a critical role in supporting and enabling the games, building on the 30 – year relationship with Special Olympics which began with Toronto hosting the very first LETR in Canada in 1987.
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics at the inaugural Invitational Youth Games to showcase the past, and celebrate the future!
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Toronto Police Service, Staff Superintendent Mario Di Tommaso proudly accepted the Torch from 2018 Special Olympics Ontario School Championship hosts, Peterborough Police.