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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

  • янв
    21
    Area 7 Shepherd Basketball Tournament
    Сб янв 21, 2017
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Shepherd
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 7 Shepherd Basketball Tournament

    Сб янв 21, 2017
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Come join us for a great day of Basketball. We will have 5 courts filled with 5 divisions of Special Olympic Michigan Basketball teams. Cost is $35 per team and a guarantee of at least 2 games. Please register your SOMI basketball team by contacting Sarah Waite. For fans, there is no cost to attend and we would love to see the stands filled to cheer on our Special Olympic Michigan athletes. Concessions available.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Shepherd Public Schools
    100 E Hall St
    Shepherd, Michigan
    USA
  • янв
    21
    Wertz Warrior Fundraiser - Bowling
    Сб янв 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    St. Clair Shores
    Michigan
    USA

    Wertz Warrior Fundraiser - Bowling

    Сб янв 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Hello to my Special Olympics MI Family! Happy New Year to you and your families! On Saturday afternoon of January 21st, I will be hosting our 3rd annual bowling bash to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics / Wertz Warriors. I really need your help to make this event as successful as it was last year! This event is always a great time! $20 covers your bowling, shoes, pizza and soft drinks. There will also be 50/50 drawings, fishbowl raffles, strike ball, mystery and we will be raffling off a special made in Michigan basket of cheer! We are at a new venue this year and a new time. Shores Lanes is located at 31100 Harper in St. Clair Shores, 48082 (just south of 13 mi rd) No waiting on leagues to finish. Registration will begin at noon with the bowling starting at about 1pm. As always, I would really appreciate the support. We need at least 50 bowlers for this to be a successful event. My goal is to top the 60+ we had last year. Bring a team of 4 or 5 if you can. This is a family friendly event and kids are welcome! As they say- the more, the merrier! Please see attachment for the event flyer and pass the word. I hope to see you there on Saturday the 21st! Sincerely, Al (Bobcat) Melfi- Wertz Warrior

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Shores Lanes
    31100 Harper
    St. Clair Shores, Michigan
    USA
    Bowling Alley
  • янв
    28
    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge 2017
    Сб янв 28, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Clarklake
    Michigan
    USA

    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge 2017

    Сб янв 28, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Clark Lake Polar Plunge will take place on January 28th at The Pointe Bar and Grill and Clarklake. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The parade of costumes will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the plunge starting at 10:15 a.m. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin immediately following the last plunger at The Pointe Bar and Grill.


    Related Link(s):Online Registration Link

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    The Pointe Bar and Grill
    1200 Eagle Point Drive
    Clarklake, Michigan
    USA
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  • янв
    28
    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2017
    Сб янв 28, 2017
    12:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Brighton
    Michigan
    USA

    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2017

    Сб янв 28, 2017
    12:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    The Livingston County Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the pre-plunge party, registration, 50/50 raffle and family friendly activities. The parade of costumes and awards will begin at 1:30 p.m. This will take place in a large, warm gym setting with great food and fun activities for the family! The plunge will follow in the school's pond. There will be six award categories fot the plunge.


    Related Link(s):Online Registration Link

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Brighton High School
    7878 Brighton Road
    Brighton, Michigan
    USA
  • янв 31 - фев 03
    Michigan State Winter Games
    Вт янв 31 - Пт фев 03, 2017
     
    3 venues
    USA

    Michigan State Winter Games

    Вт янв 31 - Пт фев 03, 2017
     

    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.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Skiing and Snowboarding
    Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort
    5780 Shanty Creek Road
    Bellaire, Michigan
    USA
    Alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding are all at this resort.
    Speed and Figure Skating
    Howe Ice Arena
    1125 W Civic Center Drive
    Traverse City, Michigan
    USA
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  • мар 14 - мар 25
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    Вт мар 14 - Сб мар 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    Вт мар 14 - Сб мар 25, 2017
     

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Austria in 1993 and will be returning to the country in 2017. The Games will be held throughout 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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