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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

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

    Area 7 Shepherd Basketball Tournament

    Sat Jan 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
  • Jan
    21
    Wertz Warrior Fundraiser - Bowling
    Sat Jan 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    St. Clair Shores
    Michigan
    USA

    Wertz Warrior Fundraiser - Bowling

    Sat Jan 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
  • Jan
    28
    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge 2017
    Sat Jan 28, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Clarklake
    Michigan
    USA

    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge 2017

    Sat Jan 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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  • Jan
    28
    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2017
    Sat Jan 28, 2017
    12:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Brighton
    Michigan
    USA

    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2017

    Sat Jan 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
  • Jan 31 - Feb 03
    Michigan State Winter Games
    Tue Jan 31 - Fri Feb 03, 2017
     
    3 venues
    USA

    Michigan State Winter Games

    Tue Jan 31 - Fri Feb 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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  • Mar 14 - Mar 25
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 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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  • Apr
    15
    Comedy Show
    Sat Apr 15, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:15 PM
    Kalamazoo
    Michigan
    USA

    Comedy Show

    Sat Apr 15, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:15 PM

    The LETR Comedy Show featuring the World's Funniest Cop - Dwayne Gill and some of his funniest friends takes place Apr. 15 at Shakespeare's Lower Level. Tickets are $20 each.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Shakespeare's Lower Level
    241 E. Kalamazoo Ave
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    20
    Cracklewood Golf Outing
    Sat May 20, 2017
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    Macomb
    Michigan
    USA

    Cracklewood Golf Outing

    Sat May 20, 2017
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    The Cracklewood Golf Outing takes place May 20th. Registration 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm. Join us! Be a player! Be a sponsor! $100 hole sponsorship available.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Cracklewood Golf Course
    18215 24 Mile Rd
    Macomb, Michigan
    USA
  • Jul
    08
    Rockford Area Kids Triathlon
    Sat Jul 08, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Rockford
    Michigan
    USA

    Rockford Area Kids Triathlon

    Sat Jul 08, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    The 13th Annual Kids Triathlon is open to children up to age 17. Kids will compete in bike portion in the parking lots of the school. The run will be held on the grassy area surrounding the school. The swimming will be done at the Rockford High School pool.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Rockford High School
    4100 Kroes Ave
    Rockford, Michigan
    USA
  • Jul
    22
    12th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Ride
    Sat Jul 22, 2017
    10:30 AM - 06:00 PM
    Coldwater
    Michigan
    USA

    12th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Ride

    Sat Jul 22, 2017
    10:30 AM - 06:00 PM

    The 12th Annual LETRide starts at 10:30 am at Planet Powersports in Coldwater, MI and ends at Grand River Brewery in Jackson, MI at 4:30 pm.


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Planet Powersports
    647 E. Chicago
    Coldwater, Michigan
    USA
  • Aug 21 - Aug 25
    3rd Annual LETRide Superior
    Mon Aug 21 - Fri Aug 25, 2017
     
    Sault Ste Marie
    Michigan
    USA

    3rd Annual LETRide Superior

    Mon Aug 21 - Fri Aug 25, 2017
     

    An epic ride around Lake Superior in support of Special Olympics. Starts Aug. 21, 2017 and ends Aug. 25, 2017 in Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada.


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Ride Around Superior
    Various locations
    Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
    USA
    Ride goes around Lake Superior

Sports Seasons

  • Oct 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Swimming
    Sat Oct 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Swimming

    Sat 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
  • Dec 01 - Mar 31
    Area 30 Basketball
    Thu Dec 01, 2016
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Basketball

    Thu Dec 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
  • Apr 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Bocce
    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    Midland
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bocce

    Sat Apr 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
  • Apr 01 - May 31
    Area 30 Bowling
    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    Sanford
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 30 Bowling

    Sat Apr 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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