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Raising thousands with sport

Kelowna's City Park was filled with hundreds of people playing a variety of sports Saturday, all to raise money for Special Olympic athletes in Canada.

Participants at the seventh annual Motionball Marathon of Sport event got a taste of all different weather, with the activities kicking off at 9 a.m., continuing through until 3 p.m.

The day was jam-packed full of different sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, ultimate, and flag football, along with some not-so-traditional sports like human-foosball and giant Jenga.

Twenty-eight 10-person teams competed in Saturday's event, with the help of 67 local Special Olympic athletes.

“It's not competitive, it's all just about being a part of a team,” said Erica Marshall, marketing communications director with Motionball.

Last year, participants raised a record-breaking $108,000 for Special Olympic athletes. Marshall said they were hoping to break that record again this year.

A lot of the participants at Motionball tend to be young professionals.

“It's really neat because it brings philanthropy to a new generation, so it's a pretty unique event,” Marshall said.

“It's very heartwarming, it's an event where you get to see the impact first hand.”



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