COVID-19


Special Olympics Alberta and by extension, Special Olympics Calgary, will be suspending across the province, all sport training, competition and other fundraising activations until April 14, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.

Although the risk of infection in Alberta is still low, our members have a heightened risk so we have decided to take the necessary measures. We hope that we will be able to resume programs and events after April 14, but there is a possibility that we will need to extend the suspension. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our key partners and local health authorities so that we only resume programs when we can ensure safety for our members. Protection of our athletes, volunteers, staff and families is our number one priority.

Please also know in order to ensure we are supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health and wellness of our staff and members, our office will be closed from March 16th - March 27th as staff will be working from home. You can still reach our staff through email and we look forward to staying connected with you.

Please visit our program cancellations page for updates as the situation progresses.

Thank you for your understanding. Please reach out with an questions you may have.
 
- Special Olympics Calgary
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions

When will our spring programs start?
Spring programs have been postponed until April 14th, but that date will be reevaluated based on the situation, and may possibly change.
 
Will we receive a refund for our dates missed?
We are still figuring out what the spring programs will look like, and more messaging will be sent out to you when we have an answer.
 
How do I get my Bowl-a-Rama pledges to Special Olympics?
Our office is currently closed, so when we reopen, information will be sent to bowling athletes on the procedures of Bowl-a-Rama pledge sheets and funds drop off and collecting the giveaway items, as well as announcing prize winners. Please keep all your information and funds in a safe and secure place until then.
 
Is the _______ event still running?
At this time, all programs, events, and fundraising initiatives including athlete activations have been suspended. Once events are confirmed to run or rescheduled, you will be notified.
 
 
 
Team Alberta 2020

We are proud to have athletes and volunteers representing Calgary on Team Alberta at the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ontario February 25-29, 2020.

 
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MISSION STAFF
Brittany Gadzosa
Sallie Szanik
 

5-PIN BOWLING
Mary Goodwin
Darrel Harsch
David Smith
Michael Jamieson
Dana Tetz
 
Caroline Rippe, Coach


ALPINE SKIING
Ferris Brewer


CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Erica Manson
Sarah McCarthy
Emily Ross
 
Lois Ross, Coach
 

FIGURE SKATING
Amber Harriman
JorDen Tyson
Meg Ohsada
Emma Bittorf
McKenna Husband
Eleanor Saubak
Kennedy Zaytsoff
 
Barb Prystai, Coach


SNOWSHOEING
Nicolas Scarangella
Spencer Stevens
Joshua Weaver
 
Marie Powell, Coach
 

SPEED SKATING
Katie Saunders
Nicholas Dagenais
Dylan Deuchar


 
 
For more information on the event, please click here for the event website.


 
Breakfast with Champions 2020

           presented by QV Investors Inc


Rise and Shine… We invite you to join us at the 8th Annual Breakfast with Champions in support of Special Olympics Calgary!

 
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This annual fundraising event gives sports fans the chance to support an amazing cause, while rubbing shoulders with some of Calgary's most celebrated sport celebrities as well as Special Olympics Calgary ambassadors. Last year’s breakfast hosted more than 275 guests from Calgary’s corporate community, athletics enthusiasts, Special Olympics Athletes, and Calgary media. Funds raised at the Breakfast support more than 800 individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Calgary area. As one of our major fundraising events, this event provides essential funding for athletic programs that fosters self-esteem, and allows our athletes to make new friends while realizing their full athletic potential.
 

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Scotiabank Saddledome
555 Saddledome Rise SE

Program: 7:00am – 9:30am

 

Honorary Chair

Lanny McDonald
Calgary Flames Alumni

Lanny McDonald

 


 

Join our special guests, our Special Olympics athletes,

and local sport celebrities

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    Mikael Backlund                     Marshal King                           Kyle Shewfelt
    Calgary Flames Forward             Calgary Roughnecks Forward         Olympian - Gymnastics 
 
 
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Charlie Power                                Pierre-Luc Caron                                     Rene Paredes
Calgary Stampeders Running Back         Calgary Stampeders Long Snapper           Calgary Stampeders Placekicker     
 
 
 
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               Haley Daniels                                        Jane Channell                          Lisa "longball" Vlooswyk
            Canadian National Team - Whitewater canoeing            Olympian - Skeleton              Canadian National Long Ball Champion             
 
 
 
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Dave Dickenson                     Jamie Macoun                       Perry Berezan
Calgary Stampeders Head Coach/Alumni         NHL Alumni                           NHL Alumni                    
 
 
 

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       John Hufnagel                                          Jason LaBarbera
         Calgary Stampeders President & GM/Alumni           Calgary Hitmen Goalie Coach/NHL Alumni    
 
             
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Host on Sportsnet 960 The FAN

 

 

 


GET INVOLVED:

Purchase a ticket or table to join us at our Breakfast,
or become a sponsor to have the company of one of our athletes and celebrity guests at your table!

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Thank you to our amazing event sponsors:

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

             QV Invenstors 
 
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SILVER SPONSORS:

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For more information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
        

 

Directions:

12 Ave SE --> South on Olympic Way SE --> East on 14 Ave NE --> South on 5 St SE
Complimentary parking can be found at the North Parkade and Surface Lot A.

Please enter through the Scotiabank Saddledome Dome Club entrance located on the north side of the Saddledome near the Calgary Flames and Ticketmaster Ticket Offices.

You WILL NOT have acces through Dutton's Lounge

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Let's get Social!


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Registration 2019-2020
 

Registration Timeline

 
July 5-19
Returning members (athletes & volunteers) ensure they can log on to their account on the online portal
 
 
July 25
Registration Information (steps and program details) released to all members (new and returning athletes/volunteers)
 
August 1
Online Portal opens for Registration at 10:00am MST
Space is limited in some sports and registration is based on a first come first serve basis.
Returning athletes must register by August 11 to confirm their spot in the programs they are returning to from last season
 
August 18
Online Registration Momentarily Closes
No program registrations will be accepted until Sept 9
 
August 19 - September 4
Program confirmations and fees owed sent to registered members
 
September 7
Program Payment Day
Calgary Heritage Christian Academy
2003 McKnight Blvd NE
11:00am - 1:00pm
*cash or cheque only*
Members, or someone on their behalf, must attend within this timeframe to pay for programs
 
September 9
Online Registration Reopens and is open throughout the year
 
 
 
 

 

Registration Resources

 

The Online Portal

This is the website for online reigstration:
Registration buttons - online portal
 

2019-2020 Sport Program Details

The list of sport programs we are offering for the 2019-2020 season

 

Online Account Login Assistance

Steps if you have previously registered on the online portal and need help logging into your account.

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Forgot your password for your Account

Steps if you have created an account but forget your password
 
 
 
 
 

 

Athlete Registration

RETURNING ATHLETES

There are two ways to register a returning athlete:

1. An athlete registering themselves
An athlete should be registering themselves on their account, only if they are their own guardian.
 
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2. Someone registering an athlete on their behalf
Anyone registering on behalf of an athlete (parent, guardian, supportive roommate, group home coordinator, caregiver, etc.) should have their own account be connected to the athlete as the 'Family Admin'. This must be done through the office for returning athletes, so please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get this set up.
 
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NEW ATHLETES

Here are the steps to sign up as a NEW ATHLETE with Special Olympics:
 
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**We unfortunately had some technical issues uploading our updated help documents, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want these sent to you. They are step by step instructions to help you through registering on the online portal.**

Someone registering an athlete on their behalf
 
Registration Steps for New Athletes (independent)
An athlete registering them self and is their own guardian
 
Registration Steps for Multiple Athletes
(individual signing up more than one athlete)
 
 

Volunteer Registration

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

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NEW VOLUNTEERS

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**We unfortunately had some technical issues uploading our updated help document, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want these sent to you. They are step by step instructions to help you through registering on the online portal.**

 
 
 
While we hope to minimize issues this registration year by being proactive with improved resources, members may still experience problems with the Portal. If you run into any difficulties, please reach out to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We aim to return all inquiries within 2 business days. If you do not receive a response within 2 business days, please try reaching us at 403-735-1022 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
 
 
Program Cancellations

In Calgary we experience varying weather conditions anytime throughout the year, so there will be days that the weather will affect programs because of the venue conditions or transportation. Special Olympics Calgary puts the safety and well being of athletes and volunteers at the forefront, and because of a variety of circumstances, we may have to cancel programs. Please check here for program updates and cancellations throughout the year.


Program Update:

Day Updated: March 16th
Time Updated: 10:49am

**Effective Friday, March 13th Special Olympics Alberta will be suspending across the province, all sport training, competition and other fundraising activations until April 14, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.**

You can continue to check this page for updates on the status of upcoming programs and events. We hope that we will be able to resume programs after April 14, but there is a possibility that we will need to extend the suspension. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our key partners and local health authorities so that we only resume programs when we can ensure safety for our members. Protection of our athletes, volunteers, staff and families is our number one priority.

Please also know in order to ensure we are supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health and wellness of our staff and members, our office will be closed from March 16th - March 27th as staff will be working from home. You can still reach our staff through email and we look forward to staying connected with you.

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 12th - motionBOWL - suspended
March 14th - Bowl-a-Rama - suspended
    
Information will be sent out at the end of March on dropping off Bowl-a-Rama pledge sheets and funds and picking up your giveaway item
March 20-22 - Skate Meet - suspended
March 28th - motionballU at UofC and MRU - suspended
March 28-29th - First Aid - suspended
March 29th - Swim Meet - suspended
March 31st - Athlete Leadership Introduction - suspended
April 3-4th - NCCP - suspended

 

2019-2020 Sports
PROGRAM STATUS


Athletics

 


Development
NO PROGRAMS


Intermediate
NO PROGRAMS


Advanced
NO PROGRAMS


 Basketball
Development
NO PROGRAMS


Novice
NO PROGRAMS


Intermediate 1
NO PROGRAMS



Intermediate 2
BULLDOGS
NO PROGRAMS



Advanced
NO PROGRAMS


5 Pin Bowling


NO PROGRAMS

10 Pin Bowling


NO PROGRAMS

Bocce


Scheduled to start: April 25th

Figure Skating


NO PROGRAMS


Golf   
Development - Lessons 1
Scheduled to start: May 5 - May 26


Development - Lessons 2
Scheduled to start: June 2 - June 23


Youth
Scheduled to start: May 5th




Intermediate
Scheduled to start: May 5th


Advanced
Scheduled to start: May 5th

Health & Wellness
Session 1


NO PROGRAMS



Health & Wellness
Session 2

Scheduled to start: April 21st

Powerlifting


NO PROGRAMS
 

Rhythmic Gymnastics  
NO PROGRAMS

Soccer

 
NO PROGRAMS

Softball
Development
Scheduled to start: April 19th
 

Novice
Scheduled to start: April 19th


Intermediate
Scheduled to start: April 19th


Advanced
Scheduled to start: April 19th

Swimming
YOUTH

NO PROGRAMS


NOVICE

NO PROGRAMS


INTERMEDIATE

NO PROGRAMS

 


ADVANCED

NO PROGRAMS

 

 

 

STATUS

          -           : Program is running unless told otherwise.
                        Check back by the appropriate posted cancellation timeline listed below to see an updated status.

CANCELLED: The program is cancelled on the date listed. Confirm with the coach/office that you are aware of the cancellation

RUNNING    : The program is confirmed to run.

 

 

What is Special Olympics Calgary's weather policy?

Programs will be cancelled when temperatures exceed the following

Indoor programs: temperature is below -30 degrees (including wind chill)
Outdoor programs: temperature is below -20 degrees or above +30 degrees (including heat index)

Programs may be cancelled due to other factors: road conditions, venue availability, volunteer ratio, etc.


When will a decision be made and announced?

Making the decision if a program should run on days with inclement weather is a difficult process as weather can vary in different areas of the city, and change drastically in short periods of time. We know how much our athletes love to play their sports, and volunteers enjoy seeing the athletes, but we have to focus on our members safety, and take many factors into consideration:

- Hourly forecast and temperature for the day/evening from the Weather Network
- Projected rain/snowfall/air quality
- Venue conditions
- Road conditions and travel time
- Previous cancellations for that program


CANCELLATION TIMELINE
Cancellations will be determined and posted as the following:

Weekday programs: By noon the day of the program
Saturday programs: By 4:00pm on the Friday
Sunday programs: By 4:00pm on the Saturday

Please do not call the office to inquire if your program is running or not. This page will be updated as soon as a final decision has been made.

 

What happens if the program is cancelled?

This page will be updated by the stated time above. You will also receive an email notification (or a phone call if you do not have email) from your head coach or the office to advise you of the cancellation. Once you receive the message, please confirm with the party contacting you that you are aware of the cancellation. If we don't hear from all members, someone is required to go to the venue to let members know of the cancellation upon their arrival. If we know all members know it is cancelled, no individual has to risk their safety in the concerned conditions. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please remember to always notify your head coach when you know you will not be at the program. This way, if the program is cancelled and you are out of town or the country, the coach does not have to wait to hear from you.

 
What happens if the program is still running but the conditions are less than ideal?

SOC attempts to make the best decision possible for members. If the program is scheduled to run, individuals may use their own discretion to decide to face the weather or road conditions. If members attend their program, but the weather takes a turn, we ask that coaches use their best judgement when it comes to starting or finishing their game or practice. Please make sure you contact your head coach to let them know if you are not planning to attend your program (weather related or not).

 

This is a reminder that for the safety of all athletes, parents/guardians/caregivers dropping off participants at a facility must ensure that the facility is open, and a coach or coordinator is present before leaving the athlete at that location.

 

 

 
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