Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement 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 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 1979 the Special Olympics movement came east and 3 devoted individuals in the Riverview area incorporated Special Olympics New Brunswick.
Since our humbling initiation as a registered charitable non-profit organization Special Olympics New Brunswick has grown to offer sport and recreation opportunities to approximately 500 people with an intellectual disability. We are also supported by nearly 200 dedicated volunteers; some of which have been involved for over 30 years!
At Special Olympics New Brunswick it is our mission to enhance the lives of New Brunswickers with and 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 "Become Involved" tab at the top of the screen!