Chris King began volunteering in 1981 with Region 1
Special Olympics. He attended monthly meetings in
Chatham and spoke with many community groups seeking
support for this organization. It was his hope to
provide recreational activities for developmentally
disabled people in the Sarnia area.
In 1985 Chris and Bill Mills, an Ontario Special Olympic
representative arranged a meeting with
athletes Scott Laking and Gene Siebert to organize the
first Special Olympics Floor Hockey team for Sarnia.
Chris booked the St. Clair High School gym and the rest
is history. The team began play in Region 4 under
the name of the Sarnia Capitals.
Chris King has helped develop other events for Special
Olympic athletes such as swimming, 5 and 10 pin bowling,
soccer, track and field, skiing and power lifting.
Chris has booked funding events and arranged
transportation to various tournaments. Chris has
run the annual Torch Run which raises money for the
Special Olympics and participated in the Radio-Thon with
the Sarnia Police to raise funds to run the various
Chris became the co-ordinator for the Lambton County
Special Olympics and chairs the monthly meetings for all
the Lambton County Special Olympic teams.
In 1992 Chris was on the Mayors Honour List for
outstanding service to people and the City of Sarnia.
He also received recognition from the Federal and
Provincial Governments for outstanding contributions.
In 1997 he received the Recognition Award for his time
and effort with all athletes and volunteers of Region
One. The Walter Herbert Carruthers Award was then
awarded to Chris in 1999 in recognition of his
outstanding contributions to the mentally challenged.
Chris teaches Developmentally Challenged students at the
Alexander MacKenzie Secondary School and during his
first year of teaching in 1983 he co-ordinated the first
5 pin bowling tournament for developmentally challenged
school aged children.
This individual who gives his time and commitment to
those less fortunate while still devoting time to family
and profession is truly a "Man For All Seasons".
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