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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

  • Sep
    10
    Menominee Community Run
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Menominee
    Michigan
    Menominee Community Run

    The Menominee Community Walk/Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 10th. The 5k walk/run will begin and end at Menominee City PD. Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. The walkers will go off at 9:00 a.m. and the runners will leave at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a t-shirt.

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    Contact: Jason McGhee
    Email: jmcghee@cityofmenominee.net
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Menominee City PD
    Central Michigan University
    Menominee, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Port Huron Community Run
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Port Huron
    Michigan
    Port Huron Community Run

    The LETR Port Huron Community Run will start with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the run will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt. The run will start at the MOC Building.

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    Contact: Jen
    Email: Leach
    Phone: 810-984-9715

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    MOC Building
    Port Huron, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament
    Sep 10, 2016
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Caledonia
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

    The annual Special Olympics Michigan Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Saturday September 10, 2016 with competition taking place from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Paris Ridge Elementary in Caledonia will play host to this year's event as constructions has forced us to move the event from it's previous home. We are now taking volunteer registrations for the event with the follow spots available: Registration, Awards, Medical, Scorekeeper, Timekeeper and Referee. For more information about the Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament, or to volunteer, please contact Nick Caudle, SOMI Manager of Sports & Training.

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    Contact: Nick Caudle
    Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu

    Sep 10, 2016
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Paris Ridge Elementary
    4690 Paris Ridge Dr.
    Caledonia, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Southwest Regional Kayaking Tournament
    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Vandercook Lake
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Kayaking Tournament

    Join us September 10th at Vandercook Lake County Park in Vandercook Lake, MI as our athletes compete and show their skill in the Southwest Michigan Regional Kayaking Tournament. All Area's invited to participate. This will be a State qualifying event, all races will be timed and submitted to the State Office for the Fall Games. Events will include male and female 200 and 500 meter races, male, female and unified tandem 200 and 500 meters races. Contact Randy Coleman (517-740-3887 or rcoleman.area.19@gmail.com) for more information and entry forms.

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    Contact: Randy Coleman
    Email: rcoleman.area.19@gmail.com
    Phone: 517-740-3887

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Vandercook Lake County Park
    551 Avenue A, Vandercook Lake, Summit Township
    Vandercook Lake, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Sandusky Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Sandusky
    Michigan
    Sandusky Community Run

    The LETR Sandusky Community Run will start at Graff Chevrolet at 11:00 a.m. and end at the Dairy Queen. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Michele Dunlap
    Email: dunlapm1@michigan.gov
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 11, 2016
    10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Graff Chevrolet
    Central Michigan University
    Sandusky, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Hillsdale Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
    Hillsdale
    Michigan
    Hillsdale Community Run

    This is a 3.1 mile run starting at Courthouse Square and ending at the Hillsdale County ISD - Greenfield School. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. The registration fee of $25.00 includes a t-shirt.

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    Contact: John Gates
    Email: dephcsd25@gmail.com
    Phone: 517-206-7212

    Sep 11, 2016
    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
    Courthouse Square
    Central Michigan University
    Hillsdale, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Caro Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Caro
    Michigan
    Caro Community Run

    The Caro LETR Community Run will start and end at the Michigan State Police at 2:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Paige Kinneberg
    Email: kinnebergp@michigan.gov
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 11, 2016
    01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Michigan State Police Caro Post
    Central Michigan University
    Caro, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Iron County Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Gaastra
    Michigan
    Iron County Community Run

    The Iron County Community Walk/Run and Bike Ride for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 11th. This event will take place at The Chicaugon Lake Inn. Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. The walkers and bikers will go off at 8:30 a.m. and the runners will leave at 9:00 a.m. The bike ride is 18 miles and the walk/run will be a 5K. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a t-shirt.

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    Contact: Ashley Schmidt
    Email: aschmidt@ironmi.org
    Phone: 906-284-1929

    Sep 11, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    The Chicaugon Lake Inn
    Central Michigan University
    Gaastra, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    West Branch Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    West Branch
    Michigan
    West Branch Community Run

    The West Branch LETR Community Run will start at the Ogemaw County Jail and will end at the McDonald's on business loop 75. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the run will start at 7:00 p.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Howie Hanft
    Email: ogemawsheriff@ogsh.org
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 11, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Ogemaw County Jail
    Central Michigan University
    West Branch, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    12
    Traverse City Community Run
    Sep 12, 2016
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Traverse City
    Michigan
    Traverse City Community Run

    The Traverse City LETR Community Run will start and end at the Cass Parking lot off of US 31. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the run will start at 6:00 p.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Carrie Chase
    Email: cchase@grandtraverse.org
    Phone: 231-342-1544

    Sep 12, 2016
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Cass Parking Lot
    Central Michigan University
    Traverse City, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    12
    Houghton Community Run
    Sep 12, 2016
    05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Houghton
    Michigan
    Houghton Community Run

    The Houghton LETR Community Run will start at Krist Oil in Hancock at 6:45 p.m. . Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Michigan Tech Parking Lot #10 Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Tim Oliver
    Email: olivert@michigan.gov
    Phone: 989-773-3229

    Sep 12, 2016
    05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Krist Oil
    Houghton, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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