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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

  • May
    06
    Track & Field Event
    Sat May 06, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    White Lake
    Michigan
    USA

    Track & Field Event

    Sat May 06, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    The 2017 Oakland County Track & Field event is expecting nearly 300 athletes! We will be hosting those athletes, their friends and family at Lakeland High School. Check out all the games and cheer your favorite athlete on! Hope to see you there!

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Lakeland High School
    1630 Bogie Lake Road
    White Lake, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    10
    Special Needs Trust Workshop
    Wed May 10, 2017
    07:45 AM - 10:00 AM
    Mason
    Michigan
    USA

    Special Needs Trust Workshop

    Wed May 10, 2017
    07:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    Do you have a family member that will need special care after your lifetime? If you have a loved one with special needs, you might consider setting up a special needs trust to help support that person financially after you are gone. A special needs trust allows you to properly transfer savings to your child without jeopardizing his or her ability to receive government benefits. Learn more about special needs trusts, ABLE accounts, types of planning, and care planning by attending a free workshop and panel discussion sponsored and presented by area Lansing businesses. May 10th, 2017 at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (3181 Sandhill Road, Mason MI). Time: 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Panel discussion 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Q & A Session Please RSVP to: 517-351-6222

    Contact information


    • (517) 351-6222
    Venue(s)
    Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
    3181 Sandhill Road
    Mason, Michigan
    USA
    Very last building on the left side of campus with an all glass entrance.
  • May
    12
    Breakfast of Champions
    Fri May 12, 2017
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    Breakfast of Champions

    Fri May 12, 2017
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

    Join us on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club for an inspiring morning with the athletes and friends of Special Olympics Michigan. Here you will learn more about the many amazing programs Special Olympics Michigan offers and how your contribution can change lives and change society's perceptions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event agenda is as follows: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Networking, Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Program and Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Support and commitment with continued networking


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    Venue(s)
    Detroit Athletic Club
    241 Madison Ave
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
    The Detroit Athletic Club is a private social club and athletic club located in the heart of Detroit's theater, sports, and entertainment district. It is located across the street from Detroit's historic Music Hall.
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  • May
    13
    Area 24 Bocce & Horseshoes Tournament
    Sat May 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Scottville
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 24 Bocce & Horseshoes Tournament

    Sat May 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    This is an annual Bocce and Horseshoes Tournament hosted by Special Olympics Michigan's Area 24.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Scottville Band Shell
    134 W. State St.
    Scottville, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    20
    Fire Truck Pull
    Sat May 20, 2017
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Brighton
    Michigan
    USA

    Fire Truck Pull

    Sat May 20, 2017
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Join us for the 2nd annual Fire Truck Pull in Brighton. Teams of 10 people pull a firetruck pull. $50 per person or $500 per team. Registration starts at 8:30 am with the pull starting at 9:00 am.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Green Oak Village Place
    9608 Village Place Blvd
    Brighton, 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.

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    Venue(s)
    Cracklewood Golf Course
    18215 24 Mile Rd
    Macomb, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    20
    Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
    Sat May 20, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

    Sat May 20, 2017
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Want a good laugh?? Come to The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase on May 20th at 5:00 pm to listen to the World's Funniest Cop, Dwayne Gill, and his Funniest Friends! This show never disappoints. Contact Garth Burnside for tickets which sell for $20 each.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
    212 S 4th Ave
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
  • May
    23
    Special Olympics Michigan Chipotle Fundraiser
    Tue May 23, 2017
    04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Chesterfield Township
    Michigan
    USA

    Special Olympics Michigan Chipotle Fundraiser

    Tue May 23, 2017
    04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    There will be a Chipotle Fundraiser on May 23rd from 4-8 pm. By bringing in the flyer or showing it on your smartphone, 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to LETR for Special Olympics Michigan. To get a flyer emailed to you contact: Karen Solgot at solgotk@michigan.gov

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Chipotle
    27810 23 Mile Road
    Chesterfield Township, Michigan
    USA
  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    2017 Michigan Summer Games
    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    USA

    2017 Michigan Summer Games

    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     

    The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, swimming, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Central Michigan University
    1200 South Franklin Street
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    USA
    See above
  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    Michigan State Summer Games
    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan State Summer Games

    Thu Jun 1 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
     

    The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, swimming, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games is proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Central Michigan University
    East Campus Drive
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    USA
  • Jun
    06
    Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon
    Tue Jun 06, 2017
    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon

    Tue Jun 06, 2017
    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    The premier fundraising event for the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals is the "Athletes Like Audrey" luncheon held each spring. It honors Mike and Sue Jandernoa's granddaughter Audrey Jandernoa and other children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Ambassador Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For information and to purchase tickets, call Krista Avery at (616) 583-1202 ext. 104.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    187 Monroe Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    USA

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
  • 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
  • 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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