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About Special Olympics Ontario Aurora Community

Special Olympics is a charitable, non-profit organisation which provides year-round sport training for persons with intellectual disabilities. The local organization, Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora (SOO-Aurora) is part of Special Olympics Ontario (www1.specialolympicsontario.com) which in turn is part of Special Olympics Canada (www.specialolympics.ca).


The primary objective of Special Olympics Ontario is to contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities through positive, successful experiences in sport. The focus of the Special Olympics movement is to promote sport programming for such individuals in their community.

SOO-Aurora is committed to providing valuable training and competitive opportunities to our community.  In 2006, the Head Coach of Aurora Master Ducks Swim Club, wanted to "give back" to the community and recognized the need to provide sports activity for those individuals with an intellectual disability. Forming a swim club was a natural step. This swim club officially came under the Special Olympics banner effective April 28, 2008 when SOO-Aurora was launched.

The Community now offers several sports.
  • Swimming - Aurora Special Ducks (started 2006)
  • Basketball - Aurora Dunks (started 2010)
  • Golf - Aurora Eagles (started 2011)
  • Softball - Grand Slams (started 2012)
  • Bocce - Aurora Rollers - Summer Out Door (started 2014) - Winter In Door (Started January 2015)
  • Rhythmic Gym - Aurora Dazzlers - (Started October 2015)
  • Active Start - With The Town of Aurora's Parks and Recreation programming focuses on fundamental movement skills for ages Ages 2 to 6 years (started January 2016)
  • Soccer - Aurora Kicks - (Started May 2017)

To offer these programs, numerous volunteers are needed in various capacities. Each club needs a Manager and Head Coach plus an array of volunteer coaches either working with small groups or individually (one on one). The Community programs in Aurora are proud to keep the athlete:coach ratios low, ensuring that we develop sport skills effectively. Experience is not necessary and training is offered. SOO-Aurora seeks individuals who have some time, energy and heart to guide our special athletes.

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Here you will find a fact sheet with information on the past and present of the Special Olympics and Teams within Aurora;

Fast Facts on Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora teams:

  • The Aurora Special Ducks Swim Club began in 2006
    • The Ducks have two levels of training; Novice and Advanced
    • Ducks train from October to May
    • The Ducks Training is split between three local Pools; Aurora Leisure Center (ALC) Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (SARC) and Magna Complex
    • The Duck Training days are Friday’s and Sundays depending on the training program
    • GOAL is to offer stroke improvement, instruction, fitness training in a fun atmosphere AND to offer competitive opportunities to ALL levels
  • The Aurora Dunks  (basketball) had its first season in 2010/2011
    • Dunks train at St. Andrews College
    • The Dunks have two levels of training; Novice and Advanced
    • The Dunks Novices train Mondays and the Advanced Athletes Wednesday
    • Dunks train from October to April
    • Dunks partake in intramural games and tournaments locally
    • GOAL is to introduce fundamentals of basketball, teach game tactics and prepare for competition in a friendly atmosphere
  • The Aurora Eagles (golf) had its first season in 2011
    • Eagles train once per week on Sundays
    • Eagles train at Westview Golf Course
    • Eagles get equipment loaned if necessary
    • GOAL is to introduce sport etiquette, game fundamentals, tournament preparation and the opportunity to GOLF
  • The Aurora Grand Slams (baseball) had its first season 2012
    • Grand Slams train from May to September once per week on Fridays
    • Grand Slams train at "The Shed" in Newmarket
    • The Grand Slams take all levels, beginner and seasoned athletes
    • The Grand Slams attend competitions and host end of season tournament with local Special Olympic communities
    • Goal is to have all athletes throwing, catching and hitting in the game of softball and understanding the basic rules of the game

    • The Aurora Rollers (bocce) had its first season Fall 2014
    • The Aurora Dazzlers (Rhythmic Gym) had its first season October 2015
    • Active Start (development of motor skills) A program offered by Aurora Town initiated Sept 2016
    • Aurora Kicks  (Soccer) Had their first season May 2017
      • The Kicks accept athletes of all abilities with an interest in learning and improving soccer skills and techniques
      • The Kicks will participate in local intramural games and tournaments.
      • GOAL is to enhance soccer skills,techniques and fitness levels of all athletes in an engaging, fun and team environment.

    Fast Facts on Special Olympics:


    • Special Olympics is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with an intellectual disability
    • The Special Olympics phenomenon began in 1965, when a Canadian Physical Education Professor of London, Ontario, Dr. Frank Hayden, determined through research that, the mental capabilities of people improved as their physical capabilities increased as a result of frequent physical activities
    • The first-ever Special Olympiad was staged in Chicago in 1968
    • Today, Special Olympics has grown to serve over 2 million athletes who have an intellectual disability in more than 150 countries around the world
    • Special Olympics is not just an event that takes place once every four years, as there are hundreds of Special Olympics programs throughout the province that provide athletes with the opportunity to train twelve months of the year
    • Less than 5% of our funding comes from the government. The rest is from corporate fundraising, sponsorships and personal donations
    Our Athlete’s Oath is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"

    For more information on Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora programs please contact;

    Janet Mitchell - Community Coordinator

    Address; 87 Kennedy Street West, Aurora, ON, L4G 2L8

    e-mail aurora.coordinator@specialolympicsontario.ca