Players from the Victoria Royals will take their skills from the ice to the floor as they join forces with Victoria Special Olympics floor hockey players in the annual friendly match on Monday, February 19th.
The game is being celebrated as a Special Olympics Play Unified event. Play Unified is a global Special Olympics movement aimed at promoting social inclusion — with athletes with intellectual disabilities playing alongside athletes without.
Special Olympics BC Vice President, Sport Lois McNary says when athletes with and without disabilities come together for Play Unified matchups like the game with Victoria Royals players and Special Olympics BC – Victoria floor hockey players, an important message of inclusion is sent, as well as being a lot of fun for all involved:
“Special Olympics athletes open hearts and minds to the abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities, as they show their talents through sport and help lead the way to a more inclusive world. Special Olympics Play Unified opportunities bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together in sport events, helping break down barriers with the power of joy of sport and set an example for respect and inclusion on and off the field of play”
The event takes place from 6-8 pm in the gymnasium at Ecole Victor-Brodeur in Esquimalt (637 Head Street).