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More than $1 million has been raised for Special Olympic athletes over the past 10 years of Motionball

10 years of Motionball

Over the 10 years the Motionball fundraiser has been held in Kelowna, more than $1 million has been raised for Special Olympic athletes.

Hundreds of people returned to Kelowna's City Park Saturday for the annual event, making up 36 teams. The teams consist of people from the community who've raised funds, teaming up with 43 local Special Olympic athletes.

The teams rotate through a variety of different sports and activities throughout the day.

Organizers set a goal of $150,000 for this year's event, but Athlete Co-ordinator Susan Foisy said she's hoping to exceed that goal.

But she notes the event is more than just about raising funds.

"That ripple-out effect of playing sport is phenomenal. Sport is kind of the root and so many cool things happen as a result of these athletes engaging with the people in this community," Foisy said.

"It is so cool for the participants here today to learn about [the Special Olympic athletes] and what they do, to break down any barriers or misconceptions ... creating an environment of comfort to just speak with them and learn about these amazing athletes."

Motionball events are held across Canada. The first Motionball event in Kelowna started at UBC Okanagan back in 2012.



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