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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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  • 2月
    13
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    2月 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

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    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    2月 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    13
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge
    2月 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lake Orion
    Michigan
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge

    Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

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    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    2月 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    770 North Lapeer Road
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    13
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge
    2月 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Cheboygan
    Michigan
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge

    The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge.

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    Contact: Heather Fox
    Email: fox1m@cmich.edu
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    2月 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Hoppies Tavern
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    13
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge
    2月 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

    The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at East Grand Rapids Middle School and Reeds Lake. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School. The parade of costumes will start at 12:45 p.m. and the plunge immediately following the parade. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the middle school. There will be a pre-lunch at East Grand Rapids Middle School from 11:00 -1:30 p.m.

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

    2月 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    East Grand Rapids Middle School
    2425 Lake Drive Southeast
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    13
    Turk Lake Polar Plunge
    2月 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Greenville
    Michigan
    Turk Lake Polar Plunge

    The Turk Lake Polar Plunge in Greenville takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar. Registration starts at 12:00 p.m. The parade of costumes will take place at 2:55 p.m. with the plunge following at 3:00 p.m. Awards will take place immediately following the last plunger.

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    Contact: Jim Dennis
    Email: dennisjw777@yahoo.co
    Phone: 989-292-5172

    2月 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar
    Greenville, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    19
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge
    2月 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

    2月 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Michigan Stadium
    1201 South Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 2月
    20
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament
    2月 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

    2月 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Rd
    Waterford Twp., Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • 6月
    07
    Athletes Like Audrey
    6月 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

    6月 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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