We were honoured this past weekend to take part in a special event to celebrate the efforts and spirits of some very special athletes.
Motionball 2014 brought together people from every sector of the city to raise funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF). This year’s festivities took place at Liberty Grand which was transformed into an enchanted evening of music, fashion and art. When people weren’t breaking it down on the dance floor, you could find them upstairs bidding on the silent auction, which dispersed all proceeds directly to SOCF. The highlight of the night was Carmen Electra’s high-energy, feel-good performance which needless to say, took everyone’s heart-rates up a notch or two!
The Special Olympics Canada Foundation focuses on promoting healthy and active lifestyles for those who face an intellectual disability. They do this through the power of sports which creates that amazing sense of belonging, teamwork, sportsmanship and pride. Divisions have been created pertaining to specific levels of ability in order to ensure all eligible athletes are able to play. SOCF differs from the Paralympics in that it deals with intellectual disabilities versus physical. Both are separate organizations and are both recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
The powerful message that SOCF sends of acceptance and fairness is one that Canada has echoed while we went into Sochi this year. Regardless of your ability, race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation, we all have the right to be treated as equals and be given a fair chance to reach the peaks of our potential.
To learn more visit: specialolympics.ca
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
Photos by Andrew Palmer