Blaine Stodolka is Carrying the Flame of Hope to an Inclusive Tomorrow

The fire burned brightly as Blaine Stodolka, a Guardian of the Flame, clutched the Flame of Hope on his journey across PEI to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships on May 15. 12 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) officers and two Special Olympics athletes traveled from tip-to-tip to share hope and light throughout the province and to raise awareness … Read More

Bert Church Chargers Roll Their Way to History

Being the first Unified Sports team from Alberta to compete at the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships wasn’t enough for the Bert Church Chargers who rolled their way to a 6-4 victory in the gold-medal game and earned the squad an Ontario Provincial banner. “IT WAS A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE AND I AM REALLY GRATEFUL THAT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT OUR SCHOOL AND OUR … Read More

Unified Sports Gets the Metro Athletics Treatment

Bean bag toss, basketball, and bocce brought 18 schools and 236 students with and without intellectual disabilities together for an action-packed day of teamwork and inclusion. Metro Edmonton High School Athletic Association hosted the 2018 Unified Sport Edmonton Jamboree, the first multi-sport Unified event in Alberta, on June 5 at the Saville Community Sport Centre in Edmonton. Bellerose Composite High School was one of … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Jaclyn Zimmerman – Edmonton

Athletes came together on July 7-9 from across Alberta and the Northwest Territories to compete in the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in Medicine Hat. One of those inspiring athletes who completed the journey to Medicine Hat was Jaclyn Zimmerman who competed in basketball for Edmonton 2. Zimmerman is no stranger to the Provincial Games stage as she had … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Sarah Schmick – Airdrie

Sarah Schmick, or “Sarah Bear” as her Airdrie swim coaches call her, likes to race and she is looking forward to some fast races in the pool this year at the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games in Medicine Hat. Schmick is a natural swimmer and is no stranger to the podium as she has already compiled 39 medals in her … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Mikayla McDonald – Grande Prairie

Mikayla McDonald began her journey with Special Olympics only two years ago and she is already set to compete in her first Provincial Games. McDonald is a gymnast and swimmer from Grande Prairie who will participate in rhythmic gymnastics in Medicine Hat. Currently a high school student, McDonald will start Grade 10 in the fall. She loves to read, go … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Joshua Engel – Calgary

Joshua Engel is an athlete who lives and breathes golf. He began hitting balls at the Heritage Pointe driving range nearly 13 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Engel starts each morning trying to hit a few balls or putts before starting his shift at the Silver Springs Golf and Country Club in Calgary. After work you can catch … Read More

LETR Celebrates Special Olympics Athletes with Three Outstanding Events

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraiser of Special Olympics internationally and last year in Alberta they raised over $467,000 across the province to benefit local programs. On June 16 officers from Lethbridge and Fort McMurray  began the 13th annual 500km Provincial Torch Run Ride where teams of cyclists departed from their respective cities and arrived … Read More

The Charlie Cramer Memorial Award

Special Olympics Alberta prides itself on five key values: inclusion, diversity, empowerment, respect, and excellence. These values defined what Charlie Cramer represented in his work with Special Olympics. Charlie Cramer was an active member of Special Olympics Alberta and the Grande Prairie affiliate for over 20 years working as a volunteer, coach, and serving as the Affiliate Chair for past three … Read More