WRPS Proud to Partner with Special Olympics Ontario for 2024 Spring Games

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to partner with Special Olympics Ontario to host the 2024 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games.

The announcement was made earlier today during a joint press conference with Special Olympics Ontario.

The Games, which will take place May 23, 2024, to May 26, 2024, will bring more than 2,500 athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers, and spectators to the Region to celebrate the achievements and talents of Special Olympics athletes.

“Special Olympics is very fortunate to enjoy and benefit from an amazing partnership with law enforcement services and agencies across the province,” said Glenn MacDonell, President and CEO for Special Olympics Ontario. “The commitment and enthusiasm we receive from them helps us to raise awareness and funds for the organization and, more importantly, it brings us together as a united family. We are extremely grateful to Chief Crowell and the Waterloo Regional Police Service for agreeing to host the Games. Let the Games Begin!”

Police services throughout Ontario have been hosting Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Games since 1996. The Games were originally scheduled to occur in Waterloo Region in 2020 but were postponed due to public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waterloo Regional Police Service is a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and has participated in several fundraising initiatives, including the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“We are incredibly honoured to have another opportunity to showcase the hard work and talent of these athletes,” said Mark Crowell, Chief of Police. “They have been preparing for years for the chance to compete at these Games and we are excited to help turn their dreams into reality.”

More than 700 athletes, including 35 from the Region of Waterloo, will be competing in a variety of sport, including basketball, swimming, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics and 10-pin bowling.

“We look forward to welcoming these incredible athletes, their families, and friends to the Region of Waterloo,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “We are thrilled to support these Games while supporting the Special Olympics Ontario mission to promote respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sport.”

The community is encouraged to join us as we bring together exceptional individuals from our local communities and from across the province to showcase their talents during the 2024 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games.

For more information visit www.specialolympicsontario.com.

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