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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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Upcoming Events

  • Oct
    08
    CMU Homecoming 5K
    Oct 08, 2016
    07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    CMU Homecoming 5K

    The CMU Homecoming 5K is a homecoming tradition of more than 20 years! The CMU Homecoming 5K Run/Walk starts homecoming morning off right with a course that begins at historic Finch Fieldhouse and travels through the beautiful campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. So relive your CMU memories or make new ones when you join over 400 participants that help support children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Date: Saturday, October 8th; Registration: 7 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.; Start Time: 8 a.m.; Cost: $25 before September 30 or $35 after September 30; All participants will receive a shirt and medal at finish. Prizes for overall male and female finishers, master's (40+) male and female finishers, youngest runner (5K run only) and most CMU spirited!! We will also be giving away a top prize to the participant who raises the most in on-line donations, so be sure to fill out your fundraising page and share on all of your social media sites! All proceeds benefit over 23,000 athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. Early packet pickup will be available at Special Olympics Michigan on Friday October 7th between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Thank you for taking steps to changing lives! FIRE UP CHIPS!

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    Contact: Chris Dyer
    Email: chris.dyer@somi.org
    Phone: 989-615-5907

    Oct 08, 2016
    07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    FInch Fieldhouse
    Special Olympics Michigan Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    15
    Bowling Fund Raiser for Special Olympics
    Oct 15, 2016
    09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    St Clair Shores
    Michigan
    Bowling Fund Raiser for Special Olympics

    Join us October 15th in St Clair Shores, Michigan for the Water Warriors Bowling Fund Raiser for Special Olympics. The fundraiser will be $20 per person. Matches will be 9 pin no tap and include 2 games. During the event, pizza will be served, there will be 2 mystery games and a 50/50 drawing. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Tom Mager or Eric Schmidt
    Email: tom_mager@yahoo.com
    Phone: 586 292-1526 / 248 8

    Oct 15, 2016
    09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    25419 Jefferson Ave
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Nov
    12
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals
    Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
     
    Lansing
    Michigan
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

    More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and chaperones from 46 counties take part in the State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals each year. Poly Hockey takes place at Eastern High School and Fieldhouse in Lansing on November 12-13. The Unified Bowling Finals take place on November 12 at Royal Scot Lanes.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
     
    Eastern High School and Fieldhouse
    Lansing, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Nov
    13
    2nd Annual Heart of a Lion 5K Run
    Nov 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Jackson
    Michigan
    2nd Annual Heart of a Lion 5K Run

    Join us for our 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan Area 19 Jackson Michigan. For more details use contact info below.

    For more information
    Contact: Mark Umlauf
    Email: umlaufmark@yahoo.com
    Phone: 313-220-1379

    Nov 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Ella Sharp Park - Jackson MI
    Ella Sharp Park
    Jackson, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jan
    31
    State Winter Games
    Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 03, 2017
     
    Acme
    Michigan
    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.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 03, 2017
     
    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Howe Area & Schuss Mountain
    Acme, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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