A local event that raises thousands of dollars every day for Special Olympics takes place on Saturday morning, but it looks a little different from last year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Motionall Marathon of Sport is going virtual this year and it is being broadcast on Sportsnet ONE.
Over the past year, hundreds of people have gathered in cities across the country, including Kelowna, to play a variety of sports, alongside Special Olympics athletes. But this year, attendees will join them from their homes, watching the festivities on TV or streaming online.
“While COVID-19 has affected us all, Special Olympics athletes are feeling the effects of this global pandemic more than anyone. Sports programs are on hold, competitions have been canceled and many athletes remain stranded indoors at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general population, ”Motionball’s Erica Marshall said in a statement. hurry.
“This is why, more than ever, the role of Motionball events in the lives of these athletes is extremely important. As one of the largest Special Olympics funding partners in Canada, Motionball has donated over $ 13 million to date and can’t stop now. This is why the event has become virtual. ”
The 2020 event, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m., will feature five-time Olympic figure skating medalist Tessa Virtue. Although there is no cost to log in, donations are welcome.
Last year’s Motionball event in Kelowna raised a record $ 140,000 for Special Olympics, and organizers hope to raise $ 60,000 this year.