Basketball is the fastest growing and most popular sport Special Olympics Ontario offers to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Since its introduction to Special Olympics athletes through Bay Street Hoops, this sport has grown from 16 to 230 teams. Over 3,800 registered athletes now actively participate in Special Olympics Ontario basketball programs.
The proceeds raised and the awareness generated through Bay Street Hoops has allowed the launch of the 3-on-3 Special Olympics division. Participants experience teamwork and friendly competition while strengthening athletic skills in an encouraging and fun environment. Our partnership with Bay Street Hoops will allow us to reach even more Special Olympics athletes across the province with a strong emphasis on children and youth.
The partnership with Bay Street Hoops has strengthened the Special Olympics movement. Individuals with intellectual disabilities now have a chance to be part of a team – an opportunity often not available within schools or local community leagues. Continued support of Bay Street Hoops unites diverse audiences to help Special Olympics athletes achieve success both on and beyond the court.