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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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Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • ربيع الثاني
    Upper Peninsula Regional Winter Games
    ربيع الثاني 09, 1438
    11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Upper Peninsula Regional Winter Games

    Join us January 7th, 2017 at Marquette Mountain Ski Area in Marquette, Michigan as our as athletes from the Upper Peninsula Region compete and show their skill in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Rowing competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Pamela Bahrman
    Email: area36@somi.org
    Phone: 906-869-2403

    ربيع الثاني 09, 1438
    11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Marquette Mountain Ski Area
    4501 M-553
    Marquette, Michigan
  • جمادى الأولى
    State Winter Games
    جمادى الأولى 03, 1438 - جمادى الأولى 06, 1438
    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

    جمادى الأولى 03, 1438 - جمادى الأولى 06, 1438
    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Howe Area & Schuss Mountain
    Acme, Michigan
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