Michigan

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  
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More than 20,679 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs. Michigan has one of the largest programs in the U.S., but we're always looking for more athletes! Special Olympics Athletes are young and old. They have different backgrounds and hometowns. Some are gifted athletes; others must work very hard just to reach the finish line.

Athelete Development
Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports--it's training for life!

Training and Competition
Special Olympics helps children and adults with intellectual disabilities improve their fitness, learn sports skills, and experience the joy of winning through regular training and competition. It's a year-round program and athletes can train for many different sports. It enables families to train together, to have common goals and to become part of the sports world of Special Olympics. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-esteem and discipline, which carry over into school, home and the workplace.

Michigan Contact Info

East Campus Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI,  48859

+1 (989) 774-3911

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Upcoming Events

  • feb.
    19
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge
    feb. 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge

    Show your Wolverine pride! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the plunge in The Big House, the largest stadium in the United States that has stood strong since 1927! The University of Michigan Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 19th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00 pm. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger. This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! We are partnering to provide plungers an experience of a lifetime in THE BIG HOUSE! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool.

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    Contact: Sarah Lesch
    Email: henry2s@cmich.edu
    Phone: 734-476-0701

    feb. 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Michigan Stadium
    1201 South Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    20
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament
    feb. 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Twp.
    Michigan
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament

    Want to experience basketball competition in its purest form? Come to Waterford Mott High School in Waterford Twp., Michigan on February 20th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Rick Brady
    Email: brady1rp@cmich.edu
    Phone: 248-688-9603

    feb. 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Rd
    Waterford Twp., Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • jun.
    07
    Athletes Like Audrey
    jun. 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Athletes Like Audrey

    The premier fundraising event for the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals is the "Athletes Like Audrey" luncheon held each spring. It honors Mike and Sue Jandernoa's granddaughter Audrey Jandernoa and other children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Pantlind Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For information and to purchase tickets, call Krista Paulin at (616) 583-1202 ext. 104. For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Alison Miller at (989) 621-5580 or alison.miller@somi.org or you may send your gifts to Special Olympics Michigan - 1239 76th Street SW, Suite E., Byron Center, Michigan 49315.

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    Contact: Krista Paulin
    Email: KCPaulin@somi.org
    Phone: 616-583-1202 ext. 10

    jun. 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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