21 Polar Plunges 1406 Plungers $472,000 Raised! Thank You Plungers & Supporters for our biggest year yet! 2019 was another great year of Polar Plunges across Ontario! We hosted 21 Polar Plunges and raised over $472,000. This money will directly benefit over 26,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ontario living with an intellectual disabili
March 25, 2019 marked Special Olympics Day in Ontario. Across the province, close to 50 communities celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement. This day was also the beginning of the 50-day countdown to the start of the 2019 Special Olympics Invitational Youth Games in Toronto (May 14-17). Over $30,000 was raised to support l
March 17, 2019 2019 Abu Dhabi Final Leg Team CONGRATULATIONS MISSION COMPLETE! Dear Final Leg Team Members; I hope you all had smooth travels back home and you will now have some time to catch up on some sleep! You are all now members of an elite club of Final Leg Team members!
The Final Leg is wrapping up as the "Flame of Hope" has entered Abu Dhabi with the start of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games approaching. Derek Spence has been providing updates throughout his journey in United Arab Emirates. March 5 Time to celebrate Special Olympics Ontario athlete Stephen Graham. One of only ten athl
The Final Leg in Abu Dhabi kicked off on Sunday, March 2nd and eagerly watching Derek's updates on social media. The torch was lit from the Flame of Hope at the Founders memorial to start the final leg journey. A visit to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company HQ before the Final Leg team headed to Fujairah to continue. Meet Chaica, Team 7’s Spec
Derek has been with the London Police Service for 32 years, and has been heavily involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 28 years. Throughout his time, he has contributed to multiple committees and events, both as a lead organizer and volunteer. His dedication and passion to the LETR has been instrumental in the growth of the program. Spec
Stephen is an accomplished Special Olympics athlete on the International stage winning medals at the World Games in: Boise, Idaho 2009 (2 Gold, 1 Silver), PyeongChang 2013 (3 Gold) and Austria 2018 (1 Gold), all in Speed Skating. Stephen was the ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ in Ontario in 2009 and 2014 and won the Canadian ‘Male Athlete of the
London Police Officer Derek Spence and Orillia Special Olympics Athlete Stephen Graham Selected to Carry the Flame of Hope as part of Final Leg Torch Run Team for 2019 Special Olympics World Games Flame serves as beacon of inspiration to thousands during Law Enforcement Torch Run to Abu Dhabi, UAE London/Orillia, ON, July 2018 – Special Olym