Welcome to the NEW AND IMPROVED Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) website!
Thanks to REDCOW Marketing and Technologies (Thanks for the referral, Special Olympics New Brunswick!), we are pleased to present an updated website that should provide you with plenty of SOY information.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics has grown to include nearly 3.7 million athletes in 229 accredited programs in 170 countries, including Canada.
On June 9, 1969, in Toronto, Ontario, the very first Special Olympics Canada national competition was held, less than one year after the sport movement was born on Chicago’s Soldier Field. It attracted 1,400 individuals with an intellectual disability from towns and cities across our country. In 1981 the Special Olympics movement welcomed Yukon as the first Accredited Special Olympics Canada chapter "north of 60"(Quebec was accredited at the same time).
Since our humbling initiation as a registered charitable non-profit organization Special Olympics Yukon has grown to offer sport opportunities to more than 90 yukoners with an intellectual disability. We are also supported by nearly 90 dedicated volunteers; some of which have been involved for over 15 years!
At Special Olympics Yukon it is our mission to enrich the lives of yukoners with an intellectual disability through sport. It is our goal to grow our organization and continually increase the number of athletes and volunteers. If you or anyone you know would like to know more about becoming involved please see the "Be Involved" tab at the top of the screen!