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USA: 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

  • Mar
    01
    Respect Campaign
    Wed Mar 01, 2017
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Grand Blanc
    Michigan
    USA

    Respect Campaign

    Wed Mar 01, 2017
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Unified Champion Schools is teaming up with the student council to plan a Respect campaign. The project is still in the works and is student driven, meeting every Wednesday in February to prepare for March 1st. The students have not created a clever venue name yet. The campaign will be in out middle school of about 1,000 students.

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    Venue(s)
    Grand Blanc West Middle School
    1515 E. Reid Road
    Grand Blanc, Michigan
    USA
  • Mar
    04
    Twin Sault's Polar Plunge 2017
    Sat Mar 04, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Sault Ste. Marie
    Michigan
    USA

    Twin Sault's Polar Plunge 2017

    Sat Mar 04, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    The Twin Sault's Polar Plunge will take place at The ELKS Lodge #552, 1111 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI on Saturday, March 4, 2017! Registration starts at 10 am with the Plunge taking place at 11 am. with the After Splash Bash taking place immediately following the last plunger. Stay for the After Splash Bash at the Elks Lodge for fun awards and a great lunch provided by the Elks Lodge! Plungers eat for free and spectators for only $5!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Elks Lodge
    1111 East Portage Avenue
    Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
    USA
  • Mar 14 - Mar 25
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of the Styria region), Schladming (host city of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (host city of the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).


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    Venue(s)
    Opening Ceremony
    Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen
    Coburgstraße 52
    Schladming
    Austria
    Team Competitions
    Stadthalle Graz
    Messeplatz 1
    Graz
    Austria
    Competitions in floorball, floor hockey and stick shooting will be held on the first floor of Stadthalle Graz.
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  • Mar
    18
    Marquette Polar Plunge 2017
    Sat Mar 18, 2017
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Marquette
    Michigan
    USA

    Marquette Polar Plunge 2017

    Sat Mar 18, 2017
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    The Marquette Polar Plunge takes place on March 18, 2017 at Marquette Mountain Ski Hill. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Parade of Costumes takes place at 2:15 p.m. with the Plunge starting at 2:30 p.m. The After Splash Bash and awards will take place at 3:30 p.m.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Marquette Mountain
    4501 County Road 553
    Marquette, Michigan
    USA
  • Mar
    19
    2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards
    Sun Mar 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    Schladming
    Austria
    USA

    2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

    Sun Mar 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

    Celebrate the Golisano Foundation’s investment in and impact on inclusive health as an example of how partners are helping to change the game for people with intellectual disabilities. 7 partners be honored at this event.


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    Venue(s)
    Sport Royer Hotel
    Europapl. 583
    Schladming, Austria
    USA
  • Mar 24 - Mar 25
    Michigan State Basketball Finals
    Fri Mar 24 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan State Basketball Finals

    Fri Mar 24 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     

    Approximately 530 athletes and 170 coaches/chaperones participate in the state basketball finals at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. This tournament includes competition for senior male, female and skills athletes and is presented by Amway.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Calvin College
    3195 Knight Way SE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    USA
  • Apr
    09
    SO Michigan Oakland County Aquatics Event
    Sun Apr 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Waterford Township
    MI
    USA

    SO Michigan Oakland County Aquatics Event

    Sun Apr 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    The Aquatics event offers athletes the opportunity to participate in a 10 yard, 15 yard, and/or 25 yard assisted races. In addition, athletes can participate in a flotation race of 15 yards, 25 yards, 25 yard back. The athletes, their families, friends, coaches and volunteers expect a great turn-out and performance from all.

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    Venue(s)
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Road
    Waterford Township, MI
    USA
  • Apr
    15
    Comedy Show
    Sat Apr 15, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:15 PM
    Kalamazoo
    Michigan
    USA

    Comedy Show

    Sat Apr 15, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:15 PM

    The LETR Comedy Show featuring the World's Funniest Cop - Dwayne Gill and some of his funniest friends takes place Apr. 15 at Shakespeare's Lower Level. Tickets are $20 each.

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    Venue(s)
    Shakespeare's Lower Level
    241 E. Kalamazoo Ave
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    12
    Breakfast of Champions
    Fri May 12, 2017
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    Breakfast of Champions

    Fri May 12, 2017
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

    Join us on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club for an inspiring morning with the athletes and friends of Special Olympics Michigan. Here you will learn more about the many amazing programs Special Olympics Michigan offers and how your contribution can change lives and change society's perceptions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event agenda is as follows: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Networking, Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Program and Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Support and commitment with continued networking


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    Venue(s)
    Detroit Athletic Club
    241 Madison Ave
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
    The Detroit Athletic Club is a private social club and athletic club located in the heart of Detroit's theater, sports, and entertainment district. It is located across the street from Detroit's historic Music Hall.
  • May
    20
    Cracklewood Golf Outing
    Sat May 20, 2017
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    Macomb
    Michigan
    USA

    Cracklewood Golf Outing

    Sat May 20, 2017
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    The Cracklewood Golf Outing takes place May 20th. Registration 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm. Join us! Be a player! Be a sponsor! $100 hole sponsorship available.

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    Venue(s)
    Cracklewood Golf Course
    18215 24 Mile Rd
    Macomb, Michigan
    USA
  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    Michigan State Summer Games
    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan State Summer Games

    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     

    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 athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, swimming, 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 is proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Central Michigan University
    East Campus Drive
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    USA

Sports Seasons

  • Oct 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Swimming
    Sat Oct 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Swimming

    Sat Oct 01, 2016

    Area 30 swimming practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from October thru May from 7:00-8:30 pm at Northeast Middle School in Midland.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Northeast Middle School
    1305 E Sugnet Rd
    Midland, Michigan
    USA
  • Oct 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Swimming
    Sat Oct 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Swimming

    Sat Oct 01, 2016

    Area 30 swimming practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from October thru May from 7:00-8:30 pm at Northeast Middle School in Midland.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Northeast Middle School
    1305 E Sugnet Rd
    Midland, Michigan
    USA
  • Dec 01 - Mar 31
    Area 30 Basketball
    Thu Dec 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Basketball

    Thu Dec 01, 2016

    Area 30 basketball practice takes place December thru March on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings at various times at Eastlawn Elementary School.

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    Venue(s)
    Eastlawn Elementary School
    115 Eastlawn Dr
    Midland, Michigan
    USA
  • Apr 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Bocce
    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bocce

    Sat Apr 01, 2017

    Area 30 bocce practice takes place Saturday mornings in April-May from 9:30-11:30 am at Eastlawn Elementary School.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Eastlawn Elementary School
    115 Eastlawn Dr
    Midland, Michigan
    USA
  • Apr 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Bowling
    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    Sanford
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bowling

    Sat Apr 01, 2017

    Area 30 bowling practice takes place Saturday afternoons in April/May from 1:30-3:30 pm at Northern Bowling Lanes.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Northern Bowling Lanes
    1129 Saginaw Rd
    Sanford, Michigan
    USA

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