Contributed The Marathon of Sport Kelowna has been moved from the spring to fall in 2017.

Marathon of Sport set for September

Motionball event to benefit Special Olympics

The popular local sporting event benefiting Special Olympic athletes—motionball Marathon of Sport—is turning the page on its summer event and starting a new chapter this fall.

Popular among young professionals, this jam-packed day of sports has typically taken place in June, but is being moved to September as of this year.

The charity’s local Board of Directors believes this new date will allow for more participant teams and Special Olympic athletes to take part in the annual event.

“June is a busy time of year for most,” said Donnie Ungaro, co-event director for motionball Kelowna. “Whether it’s vacation, work priorities, other events of interest, or tournaments for the Special Olympics athletes, there is a ton going on for many of those who are interested in participating.”

The charity event was previously scheduled for the same date as Tedx Kelowna and Fat Cat Children’s Festival — both popular events for motionball’s demographic.

“We are excited about this new event date,” explains Ungaro. “In September we still have excellent weather and it is an awesome time of year for sports.

“We expect this year’s Marathon of Sport to be even better than years prior, and have high hopes to exceed our $85,000 fundraising goal for Special Olympics.”

Ungaro and the rest of motionball Kelowna’s event supporters are urging individuals and businesses to mark September 23, 2017 in their calendars.

“If you haven’t been to a Marathon of Sport yet, we highly recommend give it a try,” says Ungaro. “It is a great team building activity for businesses, and an excellent way to meet new people.

“Come play alongside Special Olympic athletes, get outside and see firsthand the impact that this event has on the athlete’s lives. You do not need to be good at sports to play, motionball is a non-competitive, no-stress event for people who want to have fun and make a difference.”

Locally, motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna has raised over $230k net over the past five years for Special Olympics British Columbia and nationally motionball events across Canada have raised over $1.2 million as of 2016 in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

To learn more about motionball Marathon of Sport visit motionball.com or email Donnie Ungaro at donnie@motionball.com.

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