Special Olympics seeks leader for FUNdamentals program

Comox Valley branch offers inspiring opportunity to assist young athletes

Special Olympics BC - Comox Valley is looking for a leader for their FUNdamentals program.

Special Olympics youth programs continue to grow in B.C, giving children and youth with intellectual disabilities the chance to learn vital skills, get more active, and have a whole lot of fun.

Special Olympics BC youth programs help kids ages two to 18 to learn essential motor and sport skills in fun and supportive environments. Many kids with intellectual disabilities feel left behind or isolated in traditional sport and activity programs; Special Olympics is the place where they shine in the supportive environment and learn vital motor, sport, and social skills through the activities tailored to them and their needs.

Since 2011, the number of Special Olympics BC youth programs around the province has more than doubled, growing from 30 to 78. Now almost 900 children with intellectual disabilities are taking part in youth programs offered by SOBC Locals around the province, including the FUNdamentals program offered by SOBC – Comox Valley.

FUNdamentals is for young athletes with intellectual disabilities ages seven to 11. In this fun, family-centred program, the skills taught transition from basic movement skills to basic sport skills, providing participants with a more in-depth introduction to sport-related motor skills along with training and competition, while maintaining an atmosphere of fun and meaningful interaction.

SOBC – Comox Valley needs a new leader for their successful FUNdamentals program, and is always excited to welcome new participants to get involved.

Being involved in Special Olympics youth programs is inspiring, heartwarming, and so much fun.

Through the FUNdamentals program in Kamloops, one young athlete forged his first-ever friendship. This athlete’s caregiver had never before observed him connecting with other little people as friends. When he first came to participate in FUNdamentals, he was known for always trying to escape – heading out the door, onto a stage, into the hall. But in his third week with the program, he struck up a friendship with a fellow athlete-in-training. He was using words and they forged a connection for the evening, playing in the fun activities together.

“Apparently that was the first time in his life he’s had that kind of friendship with someone else,” said SOBC – Kamloops FUNdamentals leader Lorna Clarkson. “It was really, really special. It felt like a huge stride for him.”

Comox Valley volunteers and athletes are welcome to get involved to enjoy these special experiences.

SOBC – Comox Valley FUNdamentals program runs Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. at Ecole au Coeur-de-L’ile. For more information, contact Randy James SOBC – Comox Valley Local Coordinator region6@shaw.ca. 250-897-1828.


Special Olympics BC – Comox Valley FUNdamentals



Just Posted

Comox Fire Rescue hands out its hardware at annual awards dinner

Comox Fire Rescue recently held its annual awards night, recognizing members for… Continue reading

Comox Valley Schools boundary consultation process delayed

School district has had strong response at meetings and online in response to boundary review

Comox Valley Monarch Lions help SPOT youth vision issues

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International to become “Knights of… Continue reading

Comox Valley Community Foundation Gala brings in big bucks

The Comox Valley Community Foundation’s Crimson & Gold Gala, presented by Odlum… Continue reading

VIDEO: Ron MacLean says he doesn’t believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

Sportsnet fired Cherry on Nov. 11, two days after controversial on-air comments during ‘Coach’s Corner’

B.C. mom, kids on bike turned away from Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

B.C. woman puts call out for 10,000 personal, heartfelt Christmas cards for the homeless

Christmas Card Collective enters into third year of making spirits bright

No turn signals, double-parking among top concerns for B.C. drivers: poll

Two-thirds of B.C. drivers said that not using turn signals was their biggest pet peeve

1 dead, 2 seriously injured in crash with elk on Hwy. 18 in Cowichan

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to the scene at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night

Man accused in fatal Shuswap church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ Indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

Liberals survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau’s stature as a champion of diversity

Most Read