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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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Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • feb.
    24
    Washtenaw County Polar Plunge 2017
    vi. feb. 24, 2017
    06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Washtenaw County Polar Plunge 2017

    vi. feb. 24, 2017
    06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    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 Washtenaw County Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 24th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00pm. 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! 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.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Michigan Stadium - The Big House
    1201 S. Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
  • feb.
    25
    Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge 2017
    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Chippewa Lake
    Michigan
    USA

    Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    The Chippewa Lake - Mecosta/Osceola County Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 25, 2017 at Chippewa Lake. Registration starts at 11:00 at the East Bay General Store, 19961 East Chippewa Lake Drive, Chippewa Lake. The parade of costumes and plunge will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Lake Public Access on East Chippewa Drive between 20 mile road and 21 mile road. The After Splash Bash will take place immediately following at the Chippewa Lake Community Church, 10490 Lake Street, Chippewa Lake.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Chippewa Lake Public Access
    19961 Chippewa Street
    Chippewa Lake, Michigan
    USA
  • feb.
    25
    Oakland County Polar Plunge 2017
    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Rochester
    Michigan
    USA

    Oakland County Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Join us for the Oakland County Polar Plunge on Feb. 25, 2017 at Rochester Mills Brewing Company! Registration will take place from 9-10 am with the Plunge taking place at 10:30 am. The After Splash Bash will immediately follow the last plunger.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Rochester Mills Brewing Company
    400 Water St.
    Rochester, Michigan
    USA
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  • feb.
    25
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2017
    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 25, 2017 outside the Van Andel Arena in a swimming pool! Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. inside The BOB and the plunge will start at noon outside of the Van Andel Arena. Stick around for awards at the after-splash bash at the BOB. Join us for the Griffins Game as we continue the celebration. For every ticket sold, $4 will go back to Special Olympics.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Van Andel Arena
    130 Fulton W
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    USA
  • feb.
    25
    Bay City Polar Plunge 2017
    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    Bay City
    Michigan
    USA

    Bay City Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. feb. 25, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

    The Bay City Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Registration will take place from at 11 am. Parade of Costumes takes place at 11:45 with the Plunge starting at noon.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Dow Bay Area YMCA
    225 Washington Avenue
    Bay City, Michigan
    USA
  • mar.
    01
    Respect Campaign
    mi. mar. 01, 2017
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Grand Blanc
    Michigan
    USA

    Respect Campaign

    mi. 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.

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

    Twin Sault's Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. 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
    ma. mar. 14 - sá. mar. 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    ma. mar. 14 - sá. 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).


    Contact information
    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
    sá. mar. 18, 2017
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Marquette
    Michigan
    USA

    Marquette Polar Plunge 2017

    sá. 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
    do. mar. 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    Schladming
    Austria
    USA

    2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

    do. 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.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Sport Royer Hotel
    Europapl. 583
    Schladming, Austria
    USA
  • mar. 24 - mar. 25
    Michigan State Basketball Finals
    vi. mar. 24 - sá. mar. 25, 2017
     
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan State Basketball Finals

    vi. mar. 24 - sá. 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

Sports Seasons

  • oct. 01 - may. 31
    Area 30 Swimming
    sá. oct. 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Swimming

    sá. 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
    sá. oct. 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Swimming

    sá. 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
  • dic. 01 - mar. 31
    Area 30 Basketball
    ju. dic. 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Basketball

    ju. dic. 01, 2016

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

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Eastlawn Elementary School
    115 Eastlawn Dr
    Midland, Michigan
    USA
  • abr. 01 - may. 31
    Area 30 Bocce
    sá. abr. 01, 2017
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bocce

    sá. abr. 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
  • abr. 01 - may. 31
    Area 30 Bowling
    sá. abr. 01, 2017
    Sanford
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bowling

    sá. abr. 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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