Special Olympics Alberta is dedicated to enriching the lives of
individuals with an intellectual disability through sport.

ATHLETES

Through the transformative power of sport, Special Olympics gives individuals with intellectual disabilities the strength, determination and confidence to take on any challenge in life. From the age of two, athletes participate in Special Olympics Alberta programs experiencing its benefits. Due to the impact that Special Olympics make on the lives of our athletes and their communities every $1 invested in a Special Olympics community sport program in Alberta, a minimum of $7 of social benefit is created.
700
Total Athletes
700
Young athletes
(21 years and younger)

2020-2021 Virtual Programming

“PEAK is a really helpful and awesome program, especially [during] this time of pandemic. It is great for me to stay active and motivated, their online activities are easy to follow, and the weekly BINGO card makes me keep going.”

– Kevin Petryshyn
SOA-Grande Prairie athlete

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Athletes on the Athlete
Leadership Input Council
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Affiliates on
the ALIC
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Athletes trained in
2019-2020
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Mentors trained in
2019-2020

ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT

Beyond programming opportunities, Special Olympics Alberta offers athlete leadership training opportunities, Unified Sports, health programs, and more.

Virtual Health Messenger Training:

Virtual Health Messenger Training creates opportunities for athletes to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and help create healthy communities. Our Health Messengers play a critical role in advocating for better health for people with intellectual disabilities.

The learning objectives for
this training are:

Health of Special Olympics Athletes

Develop an understanding of the health of Special Olympics athletes and the different components of Special Olympics health programs

Positive Role Model

Develop an understanding about how to be healthy and act as a positive role model for others

Understanding

Understand what healthy activities can help other athletes and their communities

Skills to Lead

Develop skills to help lead on your teams and in your communities to help others establish healthy lifestyles

Encourage Action

Consider how to best use your leadership skills to encourage action

Feeling Empowered

Leave feeling empowered to lead other athletes in health and fitness

Athlete Leadership

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Athletes on the Athlete
Leadership Input Council
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Affiliates on
the ALIC
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Athletes trained in
2019-2020
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Mentors trained in
2019-2020

COACHES

From the age of two, athletes can participate in Special Olympics Alberta programs. Active Start and FUNdamentals is offered to Young Athletes, focusing on physical literacy and basic motor skills development. Athletes in Alberta can compete in 18 summer and winter sports, learn and grow in their sport, and advance to competitions at the local, regional, provincial, national, and international level.

“I often tell people that the Special Olympics is one of the happiest places on earth! It’s very inspiring to be a part of a team of athletes, coaches, and supporters who are focused on lifting each other up, and you’re guaranteed to have an absolute blast!”

– Makayla Watt
SOA-Edmonton coach

COACH
DEVELOPMENT

50
coaches trained
0
coaches enrolled in
virtual SO NCCP training

Volunteers

Volunteers are the main driver for the Special Olympics movement. Over the past year they have made tremendous efforts to connect with our athletes virtually, coach them online, provide virtual training sessions, and spend a tremendous amount of hours doing whatever it takes to better the lives of our athletes.

2021 National Volunteer Week page

Our 2021 National Volunteer Week page highlighted some of these incredible individuals through features, videos, and customizable thank you graphics.

IMPACT

The impact of our movement this year, while different, was as powerful as ever, as athletes across the province participated in virtual programming designed to keep them connected, active, healthy, and more. Athletes utilized weekly sessions and videos on our YouTube channel to help stay in shape and socialize with athletes across Alberta.

Digital
Presence

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Over 650 more people followed us on social media to learn about the movement.
500
638 more people subscribed to learn more about our organization on Mailchimp

Our digital footprint surged as people visited our YouTube to learn about the movement

156

Subscribers
(89 more than 2020)

9,437

Video Views
(6,672 more than 2020)

3,917

Unique Viewers
(2,872 more than 2020)

89,258

Impressions
(71,458 more than 2020)

Over 170 people attended our live virtual awards ceremony and has since been viewed over

500 times on YouTube

Our movement was featured 94 times on media outlets

20 more times than 2020

Financials

Total Revenues

 Amount ($)Percentage
National Sponsors 296,27917%
General Donations 247,91114%
Government Funding  
a) Government of Canada 253,02015%
b) Government of Alberta 178,77910%
Law Enforcement Torch Run 124,7527%
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission 289,95217%
Foundations 300,82118%
Other Revenue 26,2702%
Total 1,717,784 

Total Expenses

 Amount ($)Percentage
Sport Program and Events 210,97812%
Unified Sport Programs 65,8274%
Provincial Games 286,86716%
Team Alberta 150,4989%
Affiliate Services 515,06229%
Communications 106,3936%
Fund Development 221,05313%
Law Enforcement Torch Run 99,8146%
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission 82,1585%
Administration 9,3841%
Total 1,748,034 

PEAK PROGRAM

The PEAK (Provincial Exercise and Activity Knockout) Program is a virtual program that ran three times over the past year in eight week intervals. Each week, athletes were challenged to hit their selected fitness goals, attend three virtual sessions for your body, your mind, and your health, complete their BINGO card, participate in bonus events, and a variety of fun activities.

The program also ran in a non-digital format called the PEAK Paper Program for athletes without access to the internet.

“I often tell people that the Special Olympics is one of the happiest places on earth! It’s very inspiring to be a part of a team of athletes, coaches, and supporters who are focused on lifting each other up, and you’re guaranteed to have an absolute blast!”

– Makayla Watt
SOA-Edmonton coach

Our digital footprint surged as people visited our YouTube to learn about the movement

156

More people we told our story to through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

9,437

People visited our website for news, stories, sports, and events (13,320 more than 2018)

3,917

Interactions on our posts, 51k more than in 2018

89,258

LETR

Things looked a little different for our Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) over the last year. Instead of the traditional events, members of the LETR had to pivot to continue to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes.

Virtual Summer Series

They introduced the Virtual Summer Series, an annual series-style event consisting of three legs – biking, walking, and running. In its inaugural year, 117 VSS participants raised $31,824.

We also introduced our first-ever virtual plunge, #PlungeX that marked 10-years of #FreezinForAReason here in Alberta. We were able to spread our reach across the province and have plungers from new communities get involved.

Virtual Launch Party

We kicked things off with a wild Virtual Launch Party, hosted by Sean Burke, and 213 brrrave individuals took the plunge to raise over $116,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. It was amazing to see the creativity of the 62 plungers who submitted videos for our #PlungeX Virtual Video page.

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Hours volunteered by
LETR members
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Events
$ 500000
Amount Raised

THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS DONORS WHO ALLOW
US TO MOVE OUR MOVEMENT FORWARD!