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.
Summer Sports in Michigan
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.  
Download Program Fact Sheet

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

an icon of a location on a map

East Campus Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI,  48859

an icon showing a phone receiver

+1 (989) 774-3911

an icon of a large @ sign

Website:  Visit us   
Email:  Contact us   
Volunteer:  Opportunities

Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • Dec
    03
    Area 7 Athlete Christmas Party
    clock
    Sun Dec 03, 2017
    01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    location
    Mt. Pleasant
    MI
    USA

    Area 7 Athlete Christmas Party

    clock
    Sun Dec 03, 2017
    01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Come and enjoy time with your fellow athletes, music, and snacks. Sign-up sheets will be available for winter sports, basketball and swimming. Please consider bringing a gift for the Veterans Hospital to the party. RSVP to Marilyn Zerbe: 989-400-9294

    Contact information

    • Marilyn Zerbe
      Athlete Coordinator
      989-400-9294
    Venue(s)
    location
    Mt. Pleasant VFW Hall
    4841 E. Pickard St
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    USA
  • Jan 30 - Feb 02
    State Winter Games
    clock
    Tue Jan 30 - Fri Feb 02, 2018
     
    location
    3 venues
    USA

    State Winter Games

    clock
    Tue Jan 30 - Fri Feb 02, 2018
     

    Approximately 900 athletes, 350 coaches/chaperones & 500 volunteers participate every year. 932 athletes participated in the 2017 State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors, which was the highest athlete turnout for the Winter Games since 2007. Athletes compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
    100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
    Acme, MI
    USA
    The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the host site for the State Winter Games and is home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, snowshoe competition and team housing.
    location
    Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort
    5780 Shanty Creek Road
    Bellaire, MI
    USA
    Schuss Mountain is the host site for alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing competition.
    Show all Venues
  • Feb
    24
    State Unified Basketball Finals
    clock
    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    location
    Kalamazoo
    MI
    USA

    State Unified Basketball Finals

    clock
    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Approximately 450 athletes and 125 coaches/chaperones participate in the state unified basketball finals each year. Unified basketball teams consist of players both with and without intellectual disabilities.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Western Michigan University's Student Recreation Center
    2000 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI
    USA
  • Do You Have An Event to Share?

    Share it! It will be published throughout this website and beyond.

    Share Your Event
  • Mar 23 - Mar 24
    State Basketball Finals
    clock
    Fri Mar 23 - Sat Mar 24, 2018
     
    location
    Grand Rapids
    MI
    USA

    State Basketball Finals

    clock
    Fri Mar 23 - Sat Mar 24, 2018
     

    Approximately 530 athletes and 170 coaches/chaperones participate in the state basketball finals presented by Amway each year. This tournament includes competition for senior male, female and skills athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Spoelhof Fieldhouse
    3195 Knight Way Southeast
    Grand Rapids, MI
    USA
    Spoelhof Fieldhouse at Calvin College is the host site for the State Basketball Finals.
  • Apr
    08
    2018 Oakland County Aquatics Event
    clock
    Sun Apr 08, 2018
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Waterford
    MI
    USA

    2018 Oakland County Aquatics Event

    clock
    Sun Apr 08, 2018
    09:00 AM - 04:00 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 yards back.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Road
    Waterford, MI
    USA
  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
    clock
    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
    location
    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

    clock
    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.

Sports Seasons

  • Sep 19 - Nov 28
    Mt. Pleasant Poly Hockey
    clock
    Tue Sep 19, 2017
    location
    Mt. Pleasant
    MI
    USA

    Mt. Pleasant Poly Hockey

    clock
    Tue Sep 19, 2017

    Poly Hockey practice will be Tuesdays and Fridays 7-8pm

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Mary McGuire Elementary School
    4883 Crosslanes Street
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    USA
    Practice is located in the Gym

Areas Served