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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

  • jun.
    02
    Michigan State Summer Games
    jun. 02, 2016 - jun. 04, 2016
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    Michigan State Summer Games

    The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    jun. 02, 2016 - jun. 04, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • jun.
    03
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk
    jun. 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City
    Michigan
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk

    The LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk will take place June 3rd at Carson City High School. Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. with the race starting at 6:45 p.m. Fee is $20 to participate which includes a t-shirt. Age groups are: 10-19, 20-19, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd in each age group.

    For more information
    Contact: Chief David Ellis
    Phone: 989-436-1512

    jun. 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City High School
    213 E. Sherman
    Carson City, 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
  • jun.
    11
    Bicycle the Michigan State Police Drive Track
    jun. 11, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lansing
    Michigan
    Bicycle the Michigan State Police Drive Track

    This Bicycle Event takes place on June 11th at the MSP Training Academy. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration as wheels are down at 9:00 a.m. This is a 3 hour bike ride and you decide the distance. Enjoy smooth pavement and no vehicular traffic. This event is limited to the first 50 riders that register. Must be 18. Slower traffic stays right and a 25 mph speed limit. Event will happen rain or shine. $40 per rider. To register online: www.firstgiving.com/somi/BikeMSP

    For more information
    Contact: D/Sgt. Jim Young
    Email: youngj16@michigan.gov

    jun. 11, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    MSP Training Academy
    7426 N. Canal Road
    Lansing, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • jun.
    27
    LETR U of M Golf Outing
    jun. 27, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    LETR U of M Golf Outing

    This 4 person scramble is $125 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Continental breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Deadline for entry is June 20, 2016. We are looking for auction items and hole sponsors. If interested in sponsorship or donation of auction items contact Garth Burnside.

    For more information
    Contact: Garth Burnside
    Email: burnsideg@michigan.gov
    Phone: 734-260-5850

    jun. 27, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    U of M Golf Course
    2250 S. State Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • jul.
    09
    12th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon
    jul. 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Rockford
    Michigan
    12th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon

    Kids ages 17 and under will swim, bike, and run in the 12 Annual Kids Triathlon. Registration runs from 8am-11am. First race starts at 9am. Registration fee is $20 which includes a t-shirt. Free for Special Olympics Michigan athletes! For full event details: www.rocktri.com. All funds raise benefit Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Register for Event .
    Contact: F/Lt Kevin Sweeney
    Email: sweeneyk@michigan.gov
    Phone: 517-719-1195

    jul. 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Rockford High School
    4100 Kroes Ave
    Rockford, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • jul.
    23
    Coaches Weekend
    jul. 23, 2016 - jul. 24, 2016
     
    Mt. Pleasant
    Michigan
    Coaches Weekend

    Coaches weekend is a chance for coaches to become certified in multiple sports, as well as a chance to network with staff and other coaches. Saturday will feature the opportunity to become certified in 2 sports, a keynote speaker, and a bowling social. Sunday we are offering a soccer clinic, figure skating clinic, clinicians training, or an additional sport certification.To register, use the link below.

    For more information
    Register here
    Contact: Kellie Murphy
    Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-7204

    jul. 23, 2016 - jul. 24, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • ago.
    20
    3D Archery Shoot
    ago. 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Saginaw
    Michigan
    3D Archery Shoot

    The 7th Annual Saginaw Field and Stream 3D Archery Shoot is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefiting Special Olympics Michigan. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be auction items to bid on and LETR sale t-shirts and raffle tickets.

    For more information
    Contact: Mark Uribe
    Email: uribem@michigan.gov

    ago. 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
    1296 Gleaner Rd
    Saginaw, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • sep.
    23
    State Fall Games
    sep. 23, 2016 - sep. 25, 2016
     
    Ypsilanti
    Michigan
    State Fall Games

    The State Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Soccer (Independence Park in Canton), Cycling (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Softball (Canton Softball Complex in Canton) and Golf (Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti).

    For more information
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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    sep. 23, 2016 - sep. 25, 2016
     
    Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • nov.
    12
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals
    nov. 12, 2016 - nov. 13, 2016
     
    Lansing
    Michigan
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

    More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and chaperones from 46 counties take part in the State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals each year. Poly Hockey takes place at Eastern High School and Fieldhouse in Lansing on November 12-13. The Unified Bowling Finals take place on November 12 at Royal Scot Lanes.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    nov. 12, 2016 - nov. 13, 2016
     
    Eastern High School and Fieldhouse
    Lansing, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • ene.
    31
    State Winter Games
    ene. 31, 2017 - feb. 03, 2017
     
    Acme
    Michigan
    State Winter Games

    Approximately 900 athletes, 350 coaches/chaperones & 500 volunteers participate in the State Winter Games each year. Competition includes Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing and Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire; Speed Skating and Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City; and Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    ene. 31, 2017 - feb. 03, 2017
     
    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Howe Area & Schuss Mountain
    Acme, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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