is the Knights of Columbus Flag Relay?
Ontario Knights of Columbus have seen a need to raise awareness of and
funds for Special Olympics. The idea of the Flag Relay is a way to involve
local members of the Knights of Columbus and Squires with their
communities and Special Olympics, by participating in the Flag Relay
during the year, in various cities and towns throughout the province, that
then converge at the Special Olympics Provincial Games.
goal is to make the Knights of Columbus Flag Relay for Special Olympics
one of the movement's major grass-roots fundraisers and public awareness
vehicles. Support for this program can be through the Tootsie Roll
campaign, “Adopt-An-Athlete” sponsorships, local fundraising events,
corporate sponsorships and Flag Relay merchandise sales to fellow Knights,
families, friends and the public.
did the Knights of Columbus Flag Relay begin?
concept of the Flag Relay began in July 2010 at the National Games in
London. During the
Opening Ceremonies it was observed that the Law Enforcement Community had
Olympics Torch as a vehicle by which they were able to demonstrate
their support for the Special Olympics movement and for the athletes
competing in the Games. The Torch Run is an integral part
of their commitment to Special Olympics throughout the year and serves as
the umbrella under
which all their involvement with Special Olympics falls under . This
program culminates with the
Final Leg, where the police run in with the Torch, as part of the Opening Ceremonies,
start the Special
Olympics Games by lighting the cauldron. The Torch Run is conducted by law
enforcement agencies in Ontario, across Canada and around the world as it
is their symbol of
support for Special Olympics, which is
recognized as the “Charity of Choice” for the
Association of Chiefs of Police.
was observed during the Opening Ceremonies that the arrival of the Special
Olympics flag did
not have the same impact as the arrival of the Special Olympics torch and
thus the idea of doing
similar to bringing in the torch, via the Torch Run, could be utilized in bringing
the Special Olympics flag to the Games.
After the National Games, it was discussed with Special Olympics
Ontario that something
similar to the Torch Run might be considered for the Knights of Columbus.
As an organization that
has been actively involved with Special Olympics from the very
beginning ( the first Games in
Chicago on July 20, 1968) it might be worth looking into having something that
the Knights could
use as a vehicle to show their support for the Special Olympics movement. As the Torch and
the Special Olympics flag are the only common elements at all Games, Special Olympics Ontario
liked the idea of the Knights using the flag and gave their approval and support of
and thus at that time, in the spring of 2011, the idea of the Flag Relay became a
Ontario is the only jurisdiction where Special Olympics has given the
Knights the opportunity to use the Special Olympics flag as the vehicle by
which to conduct their Special Olympics programs.
The Flag Relay was first introduced at the 2011 Special Olympics
Provincial Floor Hockey Championships in Sudbury
(July 9-11) and has been part of the Opening Ceremonies of all
Provincial Championships and
Games since then.
is the Knights of Columbus Flag Relay Organized?
Flag Relay is a year round fund-raising and public awareness program that
culminates with the Final Leg at the Special Olympics Provincial
Games. There are various ways that you can be involved
in the Flag Relay. Here in Ontario, the Knights of Columbus Flag Relay
activities are organized province wide. Any diocesan association, district
or council can work with the Special Olympics Ontario representative to
coordinate many different activities.
in participating in this year's program? Contact your Regional Coordinator
today or email us at
the flag from one District to the next during
the K of C Flag Relay leading up to the Special Olympics Summer Games
"More Than Just a Relay"
Knights of Columbus Flag Relay is "more than just a relay." The
Knights of Columbus Flag Relay serves as an umbrella to various
fundraising and public awareness activities.
Raising at the Town Hall to kick-off the
K of C Flag Relay week of events for Special Olympics
The Relay Itself, takes
place in the days leading up to Special Olympics
and occurs over a two week time period. The Flag
Relay has several
which are changeable as the Flag Relay grows. All Knights and Squires
involved in the Flag Relay are invited to attend the Provincial Games associated
Tootsie Roll Drive: This fundraiser provides the Knights an
opportunity to invite the
public to make donations in exchange
for Tootsie Rolls. All proceeds will go to benefit
Special Olympics Ontario’s athletes
and year-round, province wide sports programs.
Adopt-An-Athlete Sponsor: For a minimum donation of $100 a
company or individual
can adopt one of the Special Olympians
from their community. This money helps the
Special Olympian to cover the costs for
attending the Provincial Games.
Adopt-A-Knight Sponsor: For a minimum donation a company or
individual can adopt
one of our Flag Bearers for the Relay.
This money helps the Flag Relay and Special
Olympics raise money for awareness.
Hometown Games: Funds raised for these local competitions
provide athletes the
opportunity to compete in their own
community. The Flag Relay will bring the Special
Olympics flag to help kick-off the
event. For additional information CLICK
Merchandise Sales: T-shirt and merchandise sales are a great way
to include large
numbers of Knights and Squires in an
easy project. Merchandise can be sold to neighbors,
family, friends or co-workers.
Additionally, merchandise can be sold at other Flag Relay
events, in retail outlets or at other
Pledges for Running: People wishing to participate without
running can do so by pledging
dollars to our K of C Flag Relay
leading up to the Provincial Games.
Sponsorship: 2016 Sponsorship benefit packages coming soon.
For more details about Flag Relay Special Events
Relay brings flags to Special Olympics
Hometown Games Tournament
find additional information about our K of C Flag Relay Forms & Resources
are not limited to the above activities; they can be as creative as they want in
organizing activities to raise funds. If you are a new group, you should start
with Merchandise Sales and Tootsie Rolls. Those activities are the easiest to
Relay brings flags to K of C Blue Jays Day
for Special Olympic