Motionball Marathon aims to raise $100,000 for Special Olympics

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Special Olympian Alex Pang plays basketball, bocce and also figure skates (Motionball)

Vancouver athlete Alex Pang knows the struggles of Special Olympians. He has mild autism, and stayed non-verbal for most of his youth.

But he never gives up.

Now, the 18-year-old participates in basketball and bocce, as well as figure skating, with Special Olympics BC – and won silver at the World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.

Pang is just one of the Special Olympians joining in the Motionball Marathon of Sports in Vancouver on June 4, hoping to help raise funds for other Special Olympians in Canada.

The Marathon will see 300 young professionals team up with local Special Olympians in 29 teams, to compete in everything from basketball and soccer to flag football and ultimate.

“We launched motionball in order to get Canada’s young professionals engaged in the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events,” said co-founder Paul Etherington.

Since the non-profit organization’s launch, it has already donated close to $6.5 million to Special Olympics Canada Foundation and Special Olympics regional organizations.

Now, motionball runs 20 events in 13 major cities across Canada every year and plans to donate a million dollars annually from now on.

It is hoped the Motionball Marathon will raise $100,000 for Special Olympics British Columbia as well as the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

While tickets to the Marathon are already sold out, but you can still donate to the cause on the Motionball Marathon website: motionball.com

Vancity Buzz is a proud sponsor of the Motionball Marathon

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