Special Olympics N.W.T. is the territorial sport governing body responsible for the delivery of sport for people with intellectual disabilities in the Northwest Territories. It is a not-for- profit organization, registered as a charity within the NWT. Comprised entirely of volunteers, Special Olympics N.W.T. is governed by an 8-person Board of Directors.
Special Olympics N.W.T. (SONWT) started in Yellowknife in 1989 with four athletes in bowling. Today, athletes participate in swimming, bowling, speed skating, rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating as well as mini-sessions (3 – 5 weeks) in track and field, golf and snowshoeing. There are also youth programs for those aged 2 – 11 – Active Start and Fundamentals. Over 45 athletes participate with the help of over 40 volunteers .
Funding is provided to SONWT through our fundraising partner Law Enforcement Torch Run, public donations, grants, corporate sponsors and special fundraising events.
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