SOC 12 Bids of Christmas


 

Happy Holidays! 

 

Special Olympics Calgary is getting into the holiday spirit while continuing to celebrate 40 years of sport programs for individuals with an intellectual disability in Calgary! 

 

That is why we are thrilled to announce our 12 Bids of Christmas Campaign – an online silent auction that will run from December 1-12! 

 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or something to treat yo ‘elf this holiday season – we’ve got you covered. And best of all, with every bid you make, you will be supporting Special Olympics Calgary’s athletes who are returning to their in-person programs. 

 

The 12 Bids of Christmas Campaign opens on-line December 1st at NOON and closes December 12th at NOON. Click HERE to start your bidding. Make sure to check your bid often to secure the item you want and to cross it off your list this Christmas. 

 

The 12 fabulous gifts available to bid on include: 

 

8 unique Wine and Chocolate Baskets – donated by the Bittorf Family 
1 Autographed Mikael Backlund Jersey – donated by Mikael Backlund & the Calgary Flames Foundation 
1 Autographed Mikael Backlund Jersey – donated by Mikael Backlund & the Calgary Flames Foundation 

2 Oral Health Essentials Kits – donated by Dr. Gilbert Ng at CHV Dental

 

 If you see the perfect gift for a loved one, yourself, or simply want to make a bid to support all the athletes returning to sport hit this link today: 12 Bids of Christmas Campaign

  

Through Special Olympics, athletes develop sport skills, social skills, and self-esteem, which assist them in becoming actively involved in recreational, educational, and employment opportunities in Calgary and surrounding areas. 

Funds raised by this auction will directly support SOA-Calgary athletes hitting the field, playing the sports they love. 

 

Your support means the world to us, and we wish you all the best for the Holiday Season! Thank you for continuing to make a difference in the lives of Calgarians with an intellectual disability for the past 40 years.  

 

Auction: 12 Bids of Christmas Campaign

 

Thank You on behalf of the team at Special Olympics Calgary.

 
SOC 2021 Open Golf Classic


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting our annual in person Golf Classic again this year, but have created a fun and impactful new approach for everyone!

In 2020, we pivoted and created an exciting new format for the Golf Classic fundraiser, and we got a fantastic response. Our one day / one course event became a multi day, anytime, any course event! We included a variety of on-course fun challenges, and participants made their donation and were entered in Prize Draw(s) with a chance to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

Last year, 170 golfers played on 31 different courses and with their donations along with the generous support of sponsors and friends we raised just over $21,000.

In 2021, we are using the same OPEN format again, so that anyone, anywhere and anytime over the month of July can join in the fun. It is OPEN to non-golfers too, so anyone can make a donation and be eligible to enter the fantastic Prize Draw(s). 

This year, with your help, our goal is to have over 200 golfers and raise over $35,000.

Be a part of this event and you will make a difference in the lives of our athletes!

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ONLINE SILENT AUCTION

Visit and invite your friends to our online Silent Auction to bid on some amazing items from July 1st @ 8:00am until August 1st @ 8:00pm MST. Our Silent Auction is hosted by 32auctions and new items will be added throughout the month, so continue to check back for the newest additions and to follow your placed bids. Winning Bidders will be contacted right after the auction closes to arrange for pick up at Tuxedo Source for Sports (2520 Centre Street North) or for delivery. Depending on the type of item, the winner may need to cover the shipping costs.

 

 

HOW TO JOIN SPECIAL OLYMPICS CALGARY'S 2021 OPEN GOLF CLASSIC


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Click on the buttons below for a one page summary of information based on how you will participate. The Participation Guides cover in detail all the information you need to know for your round.
If you are not able to get out on the course, you can still make a donation and be entered in the fantastic prize draw(s). Just click on the Donate to Participate button below to get involved.

     GROUP DONATION FORM   individual participation guide


STEP 1: PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF

  • Pick any golf course and play 9 or 18 hole round(s) between July 1st to July 31st to support Special Olympics Calgary.
  • Participate as an individual or a group of 2, 3, or 4, and challenge friends/family/coworkers to participate.

  • Keep track of your score and have fun competing in our on course challenges. Print off the SOC Golf Classic GAME CARD to keep track of the information you will need to submit to complete the donation form.

    GAME CARD

 

STEP 2: DONATE

  • After your round, register by completing the donation form as an individual or a group (using the buttons below). If you are not able to get out on the course, you can still make a donation and be entered in the fantastic prize draw(s) by clicking Donate to Participate. Donations must be submitted online by Sunday, August 1st @ 11:59pm MT to be eligible for prizes.

  • Please donate any amount you are comfortable with. All donations are appreciated.
    *
    Tax receipts are available for donations $25 and over.

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STEP 3: WIN GREAT PRIZES

  • There are 3 donation levels available to participants, each one full of fantastic prizes.

    DONATE UP TO $100
              Be eligible for a chance to win prizes in the 'Par' Draw.
              PAR DRAW includes a variety of great prizes!

    DONATE $100 to $149
              Be eligible for a chance to win prizes in the 'Par' and 'Birdie' Draws.
              BIRDIE DRAW includes golf passes at Mackenzie Meadows, Wolf Creek and more!

    DONATE $150+
              Be eligible for a chance to win prizes in the 'Par', 'Birdie' and 'Eagle' Draws.
              EAGLE DRAW includes golf passes at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, a stay at Fairmont Banff Springs and more!
     
    prize list

  • MORE WAYS TO WIN: On top of entering the draw(s) just for participating, see how you can also win awesome prizes in the following categories:
     

    As a Group of 2, 3 or 4 golfers:
    Shootout Challenge: Players shooting in 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or 100+ are entered in a Prize Draw in their scoring category. (9 hole round scores will be doubled)
    Closest to the Pin: Compete within your group for the Closest to the Pin shot on each of the Par 3's. The player(s) will be entered in the Closest to the Pin Prize Draw.

    Longest Putt: Compete within your group for the Longest Putt made on any hole during your round. This player will be entered in the Longest Putt Prize Draw.
    Most Bunker Balls: Keep track of the # of balls hit into sand traps per individual within your group. The player with the most will be entered in the Bunker Balls Prize Draw.
    Most Water Balls: Keep track of the # of balls hit into the water per individual within your group. The player with the most will be entered in the Water Balls Prize Draw.
    Best Photo: Show off the fun you're having with a wacky, matching, or themed outfit on social media tagging @specialocalgary and #SOCClassic on facebook, twitter or instagram, or by including a photo on your donation form to enter the draw.


    As an Individual:
    Shootout Challenge: Players shooting in 70's, 80's, 90's or 100+ are entered in a Prize Draw in their scoring category. (9 hole round scores will be doubled)
    Longest Putt: Keep track of the length of the Longest Putt you made during your round. You may qualify for the Longest Putt Prize Draw.
    Most Bunker Balls:
    Keep track of the # of balls you hit into sand traps during your round. You may qualify for the Bunker Balls Prize Draw.
    Most Water Balls:
    Keep track of the # of balls you hit into the water during your round. You may qualify for the Water Balls Prize Draw.
    Best Photo
    : Show off the fun you're having with a colourful, wacky or themed outfit on social media tagging @specialocalgary and #SOCClassic on facebook, twitter or instagram, or by including a photo on your donation form to enter the draw for a prize.


Remember to complete the donation form after your round to register, make your donation, and enter your score and the results of the on course Games and Challenges by Sunday, August 1st @ 11:59pm MT so you are included in the Prize Draws.

 

Golf Course Challenge Leaderboard

Golf Courses everywhere are helping us promote the SOC Open Golf Classic by getting their golfers out to play a round during the month of July and making a donation to Special Olympics Calgary to support our weekly sport programs. Some courses are running a Special Olympics Day at their golf course and handing out the SOC Golf Classic Game Cards all day long, some are handing out Game Cards to members in their leagues, and some are handing out Game Cards in their Pro Shop in July to anyone who wants to play in our SOC Open Golf Classic for their chance to win thousands of dollars worth of Prizes.

We appreciate the support from the golf courses involved, and thank all the golfers who step up to participate and represent their golf course. We are keeping track of the total donations made by golfers at each Golf Course, and will recognize the top Golf Courses on our Leaderboard.

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Become a Sponsor

You can make an incredible impact in the lives of our athletes, by becoming a sponsor for the 2021 Open Golf Classic. You can support us by donating funds, a gift certificate, prize package or other items. Donated items could be included in one of our prize draws, on course challenge draws, or our silent auction to generate funds to support our 21 different summer and winter sport programs we offer.

Our average yearly budget is approximately $750,000 which covers the costs associated with programming. The annual in person Golf Classic usually raises $85,000 to help offset these costs. We are aiming to raise $35,000 through our new Golf Classic concept, and need your help to reach that goal. Your involvement as a sponsor for the 2021 Open Golf Classic will provide promotion and recognition of your company, and make a world of difference to our athletes.

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 Thank you to all the donors of Special Olympics Calgary's 2021 Open Golf Classic, for the prizes and your contributions.
 
PLATINUM Sponsor
 


TITANIUM Sponsors

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             tuxedo               WFL    
COTHPA                       Tuxedo Source for Sports                  Wood Automotive Group
 

 
GOLD Sponsors
 
 
SILVER Sponsors

Wilderness Club

Wilderness Club Montana
 

BRONZE Sponsors
Carstairs Golf Club
Collicutt Siding Golf Club
Country Hills Golf Club
Crowsnest Pass Golf Club
Elbow Springs Golf Club
Fox Hollow Golf Club
Glencoe Golf & Country Club
Innisfail Golf Club
Lockhart LLP
Mckenzie Meadows Golf Club
Precision Scale
Radium Golf Club
Turner Valley Golf Club
Willow Park Golf & Country Club
Winston Golf Club
Wolf Creek Golf Club
Woodside Golf Club
 
 
2021 PRIZE WINNERS
 
"Par" Draw (Up to $100)
Innisfail Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 Joyce Allan
Radium (Radium Course) Golf Passes for 4 Rose Chan-Mountain
Fox Hollow Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 Cathy Lane-Goodfellow
Crowsnest Pass Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Allie Price
Collicutt Siding Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Blair Sinclair
Collicutt Siding Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Jorge Pinzon
Carstairs Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 karen Saunders
Carstairs Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Russ Polski
Cochrane Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 (9 holes) Justin Preer
Woodside Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Herb Buist
Woodside Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Murray Sigler
Under Armour Travel cooler + 2 travel thermos tumblers Leslie Hutchings
Oxbow Country Golf Club - 2 passes - 9 holes Carol Hall
Oxbow Country Golf Club - 2 passes - 9 holes Mark Lynch
Oil and Filter Change at Smart Automotive Mary LaDuke
Oil and Filter Change at Smart Automotive marilyn Toews
Oil and Filter Change at Smart Automotive Jason Newell
Oil and Filter Change at Smart Automotive David Drexler
Dozen ProV 1 Golf Balls Steve Becker
Dozen ProV 1 Golf Balls Brian Jobson
"Birdie" Draw ($100 to $149)
Wolf Creek Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 Anne Kelly
Radium (Springs Course) Golf Passes for 4 Keith Jones
McKenzie Meadows Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 Bill Ogilive
Wilderness Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Curtis Walsh
Elbow Springs Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Walt Savill
"Eagle" Draw ($150+)
Glencoe Golf and Country Club - Golf Passes for 4 Ben Spademan
Banff Springs Hotel Overnight Stay Casey Fraser
Country Hills Golf Club - Golf Passes for 4 Earl Hawkes
Wilderness Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Bob Barron
Crowsnest Pass Golf Club - Golf Passes for 2 Mark Dean
Shootout Challenge
70s $125 Gift Card Al Price
80s $125 Gift Card Heather Dawn Toupin
90s $125 Gift Card Kyle Simon
100+ $125 Gift Card Jane Channell
Closest to the Pin
Grey Molson stormtech backpack + Coors Lite Hoodie (XL) Danielle Doornbos
Black Heineken backpack + Coors Lite Hoodie (XL) Ray Price
Dozen ProV 1 Golf Balls Trish Savill
Longest Putt
Turner Valley Golf Club - Golf for 4 Passes Bob Tuff
Coors Lite Stainless Steel Cooler Michael McCerracher
Dozen ProV 1 Golf Balls Al Cranston
Most Bunker Balls
Last Best Merch Basket: growler with fill, t-shirt, ball cap and 2 logo pint glasses Al Price
Dozen Wilson Duo Golf Balls Kelly Bernakavitch
Most Water Balls
Sonicare Power Tooth Brush Loreen Lehmann
Dozen Wilson Duo Golf Balls Will Yakymyshyn
Best Photo
The Cave Sauna & Day Spa - Spa Package Barb Long
 


 
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Special Olympics Calgary (SOC) is a volunteer driven registered charity whose mission is to enrich the lives of Albertans with an intellectually disability through sport. Special Olympics is more than just sports, and a one time event, we are in the community every day of the year, providing a combination of fun, fitness and social activity that helps build the confidence and life skills of our athletes. SOC has over 800 athletes with support and coaching from 300+ volunteers, participating in 21 different summer and winter sports.
 
SOC relies on the generosity of individuals, groups corporations and special events to survive as we receive no direct government funding to sustain our operations. 76% of our annual operating budget is raised through generous donations right here in Calgary. Currently, we require approximately $750,000 dollars to cover the costs associated with programming. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will directly help us achieve this goal.
 
 
 
Birdies For Kids SCC

We are proud to be a participating charity in Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink program. We receive 100% of your donation, plus up to 50% in matching funds.
 
 

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Spring 2021 Registration

 

Home to Home Sport Connect

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer in-person programs at this time. This means that we will continue to offer our Home to Home (H2H) Sport Connect programs for our spring sports starting the middle of April.

The H2H Sport Connect program will offer members weekly virtual sport specific training through 1-hour weekly sessions over Zoom. Each week, your coaches will lead you through exercises, discussions, and activities that will work on improving your skills in your specific sport AND you will be able enjoy some time to connect and socialize with your teammates. The H2H Sport Connect Program is FREE to join. Each H2H program will be offered on the same day and time of when in-person programs were scheduled whenever possible.

H2H Sport Connect programs are subject to minimum registrations. Members who do not have access to an internet connected device or are not comfortable being online, can request a paper package to be mailed to them.

It is our intention to offer the following spring sports as 2021 H2H programs:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Golf (Youth, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Intermediate, Advanced)
 

Due to a variety of circumstances, we are unable to offer the following spring sports as 2021 H2H programs:
  • Golf Lessons
  • Powerlifting
 

In Person Programs
If/when restrictions change and guidelines imposed by the city, AHS and SOA are lifted to allow in person programming, more information will be sent out and addressed at that time.


Registration
Priority will go to individuals enrolling in the same sport program they participated in during the 2019-2020 season. Registration does not guarantee your participation in the program – you will receive an email confirmation that your registration has been approved. To register, please use the links below and complete your registration before March 31st.

 

Athletes
Athlete Registration Form

Volunteers
Volunteer Registration Form
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Team Canada 2022 Training Squad

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We are excited to announce that 9 athletes and 2 coaches from Calgary will be joining the Training Squad of members across the Country to hopefully represent Team Canada at the next Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Athletes
Ferris Brewer (Alpine Skiing)
Sarah McCarthy (Cross Country Skiing)
Emily Ross (Cross Country Skiing)
Emma Bittorf (Figure Skating)
Amber Harriman (Figure Skating)
Meg Ohsada (Figure Skating)
JorDen Tyson (Figure Skating)
Kennedy Zaytsoff (Figure Skating)
Katie Saunders (Speed Skating)

Coaches
Barb Prystai (Figure Skating)
Marie Powell (Snowshoeing)

 

"The Training Squad will officially become Special Olympics Team Canada 2022 once the Squad progresses through all necessary SOTC training and the safety of international travel and mass gatherings specific to the 2022 Games is assessed. If at any time and for any reason, Special Olympics Canada deems the safety of athletes, coaches and mission staff is at risk in the lead-up to or while at World Games, SOTC will be withdrawn."

 

Learn more about the Team on Special Olympics Canada's website.

 
Eggstravaganza

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Special Olympics Calgary is excited to provide our first ever city wide EGGSTRAVAGANZA Easter Egg Hunt!

We want to encourage our athletes and volunteers to get out of their homes and participate as an individual, family or household in a safe and fun Easter Egg Hunt. We have decorated large cardboard eggs which will be displayed in windows of buildings and businesses throughout the city over Easter weekend for our members to find.

The egg-citing question is…how many eggs will you find?

There are two ways for you to participate in the Hunt and win prizes!
  1. Solve the Clues
Complete this form and solve the clues by matching the riddle with the correct business. Prizes are awarded just for completing the form, as well as if you correctly match 8 or more of the clues! The form must be submitted by midnight on Monday, April 5th to be eligible.
  1. Find the Eggs
Visit the participating locations over Easter weekend (Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4) and take a photo of you with the egg(s) and send your pictures to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by midnight on Monday, April 5th to be eligible for draw prizes. For every picture you send in of you with a different egg location, that will count as an entry into the draw for Calgary Flames jerseys, $50 & $100 gift cards, board games, blankets and more!

To help you in your egg search, we have provided a list of the location addresses as some businesses have multiple locations throughout the city and we didn’t want to make it THAT HARD! If you want further assistance, there are additional prompts included too (and a map). Please use our Egg Locations pdf document to help you have a fun and successful hunt!
 


Things to Remember:

• Eggs are available to be "hunted" on Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th
• Eggs may be displayed in a tinted window so look carefully. If the egg doesn't come through on the picture that is okay as long as we can see the member at that location.
• Please do not enter the building, unless they are open and you are following mask/physical distancing protocols - you are able to go in say hi, thank them for supporting Special Olympics Calgary, or if you are able to support their business.
• We recommend athletes participate with a support person to drive around to the locations.

 

Stay safe, have fun, and happy hunting!

We hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

 
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