May 21, 2014 6:10 pm

Non-profit helps athletes, raises money for Special Olympics

TORONTO -  Motionball is an organization  that has raised funds and builds awareness for The Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

Motionball has raised $4 million to date through events such as Marathon of Sport; a day of various sporting activities.

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“We’re going to have over 600 young professionals as well as 90 Special Olympic athletes competing here at The Hangar at Downsview Park in a variety of sports from beach volleyball, flag football, soccer,” said Maryn McGill, director of operations at Motionball. “You name it, it’s a great day.”

Marathon of Sport was created in 2003 and their Toronto event will be held Saturday May 24. Each team consists of ten players including one athlete from the Special Olympics - like Kevin Timberlake.

“When I first started I was shy and I didn’t know many people,” Timberlake said. “[I learned] how to train, how to be around people, how to have fun and go to places I never been before. I went to Halifax in  ’94 for softball nationals and now I’m going to Vancouver this year for softball 20 years later.”

After competing on the international stage as a member of the Canadian National Track Team and winning gold at the world championship games in 1995, Okiki Akinremi is now a team captain for Motionball’s Marathon of Sport.

“I think we’re gonna blow the competition away.” Akinremi said.

 

 

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