Waterloo Regional Police and Special Olympics Ontario Launch Draft an Athlete Program

Draft an Athlete: Help an athlete achieve their dreams. Donate today!

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service and Special Olympics Ontario are proud to launch the Draft an Athlete program in support of the 2020 Spring Games.

The Draft an Athlete program provides an opportunity for community members and organizations to donate $500 to sponsor a competing athlete in the upcoming Spring Games, which will be hosted in Waterloo Region May 21, 2020 to May 23, 2020.

Each $500 donation will help cover expenses associated to the Games including, travel, food, accommodations, and competition fees.

More than 2,500 athletes, coaches, staff, and volunteers will come together to be part of this incredible event and allow Waterloo Region the opportunity to showcase its community and hospitality. The Games will feature five sports: basketball, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting and 10-pinbowling.

Police services throughout Ontario have been hosting Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Games since 1996. This is the first time the Waterloo Regional Police Service will host.

“We are honoured to have been selected to host these Games and highlight the talent of these amazing athletes,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “The Draft an Athlete program allows members of our community to be a part of these Games while making a profound difference in the life of an athlete. By helping to offset the financial costs, we can make sure each athlete gets the chance to compete and showcase their talent on the Olympic stage.”

The Draft an Athlete program will be officially launched during a press conference at police Headquarters on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Special Olympics is a national organization dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

To learn more about the Draft an Athlete program, or to donate, visit the Special Olympics Ontario website

Media Inquiries

Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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