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2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games (IYG),
Toronto 'Uniting the World' May 14 to 17, 2019



Broadcast time: 05:00
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Corporate Communications
416-808-7100


The inaugural Invitational Youth Games will take place from Tuesday, May 14, 2019, to Friday, May 17, 2019, in venues across the Greater Toronto Area. A total of 2,500 athletes and coaches from Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, will be taking part in the youth games. The theme is Toronto 'Uniting the World."

Student athletes from ages 13 to 21 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, alongside their coaches will take part in five sporting events.

Representatives from The Premier’s Office, The Mayor’s Office, the Toronto Police Service and the NHL Alumni Association are among the distinguished guests set to attend these ground‐breaking games and related special events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics worldwide. Admission to the games is free.

Enabled by support from the Province, the City of Toronto, sponsors and host organization, The Toronto Police Service, the Games will celebrate Ontario’s continued leadership in the worldwide Special Olympics movement including pioneering research led by Ontario’s esteemed Dr. Frank Hayden.

In conjunction with the IYG will be the Special Olympics Floor Hockey Championship involving 18 teams from across Ontario and five invitational teams from Canada. Over 400 athletes and coaches are participating in the Floor Hockey games with the opportunity to advance to the 2020 National Winter Games to be hosted in Thunder Bay, Ontario and subsequently the 2021 World Games in Sweden.

Photo and Interview Opportunities will take place on the following:



Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

- Floor Hockey Opening Ceremony: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at International Centre (Hall 5) 6900 Airport Road.
Ceremonial puck drop. Memorial Tribute Humbolt Broncos. Interview opportunities with Glenn Healy, former NHL goaltender and Glenn MacDonell, President & CEO of Special Olympics

- Athletics: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Toronto Varsity Stadium, 299 Bloor Street West

- Basketball (two venues): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
University of Toronto Athletic Centre at 55 Harbord Street,
Goldring Centre at 100 Devonshire Place

- Bocce: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
University of Toronto, Back Campus Fields,

- Floor Hockey: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
International Centre (Hall 5) 6900 Airport Road,

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Thursday, May 16, 2019:

Various Photo and Interview Opportunities with participating athletes and coaches across the city

- Athletics: Competition 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to Medal Ceremony 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Toronto Varsity Stadium. 299 Bloor Street West

- Basketball: Competition 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to Medal Ceremony 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Toronto
Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord Street

- Bocce: Competition 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to Medal Ceremony 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Toronto, Back Campus Fields,

- Floor Hockey: Competition 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to Medal Ceremony 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
International Centre (Hall 5) 6900 Airport Road

- Soccer: Competition 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to Medal Ceremony 1 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Seneca College Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Avenue East


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Healthy Athletes, presented by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, is a free health screening and education program designed for people with intellectual disabilities. These games mark the first time all seven Healthy Athletes disciplines will be offered at once.

Funfitness, Medfest & Opening Eyes
Location: University of Toronto, Varsity, Stadium, 299 Bloor Street West
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 10 a.m., to 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 9 a.m., to 12 p.m.

Health Promotion & Strong Minds
Location: Seneca College, Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Avenue East,
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 10 a.m., to 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 9 a.m., to 12 p.m.

Fit Feet & Special Smiles
Location: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road,
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 10 a.m., to 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 9 a.m., to 12 p.m.


For more information and to schedule interviews contact:
Jasmina Vranesevic of 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games at
jasminav@youthgames2019.com or 905.746.3653


You may also visit the Youth Games 2019 website for further information. #youthgames2019 #MeetTheBrave



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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Jasmina Vransevic, Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games