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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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Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • 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
    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.


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    Venue(s)
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    187 Monroe Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    USA
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  • Jun
    19
    Mystic Creek Golf Outing
    Mon Jun 19, 2017
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Mystic Creek Golf Outing

    Mon Jun 19, 2017
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    Join us for the Mystic Creek Golf Outing on Monday, June 19th. 4 person scramble. $100 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Mystic Creek Golf Course
    2250 S. State Street
    Ann Arbor, 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
  • Jul
    24
    3rd Annual Special Olympics Michigan Golf Scramble and Skills Competition
    Mon Jul 24, 2017
    12:30:00 - 18:30:00
    Ostego
    Michigan
    USA

    3rd Annual Special Olympics Michigan Golf Scramble and Skills Competition

    Mon Jul 24, 2017
    12:30:00 - 18:30:00

    Schedule:  12:30 p.m. – 9-hole sponsor scramble. Includes boxed lunch and refreshments.  3:00 p.m. – Special participant arrival and registration  3:30 p.m. – Athlete and participant pairing ceremony  4:00 p.m. – Skills competition: closest to the pin, chipping, putting,straightest drive  5:00 p.m. – Appetizers and refreshments for all guests  5:45 p.m. – Awards Ceremony


    Contact information

    • Jim Szilagyi
      General Manager of Lynx Gold Course
      jim@lynxgc.com
      W: (269) 694-5969
    Venue(s)
    Lynx Golf Course
    900 Lincoln Rd.
    Ostego, Michigan
    USA
  • Jul
    25
    Area 8 (Ingham & Eaton Counties) 8th Annual Golf Invitational
    Tue Jul 25, 2017
    07:45 AM - 02:00 PM
    East Lansing
    Michigan
    USA

    Area 8 (Ingham & Eaton Counties) 8th Annual Golf Invitational

    Tue Jul 25, 2017
    07:45 AM - 02:00 PM

    Join us for the 8th annual Area 8 Golf Invitational on Tuesday, July 25 at The Falcon Golf Course in East Lansing. Registration is at 7:45 AM with tee-off set for 8:30 AM. Take part in 9-hole individual play, 9-hole Unified play, and skills competition. There is NO CHARGE to participate. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Lunch will be provided. Registration is due by July 11.


    Related Link(s):Registration Form

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    The Falcon Golf Course
    555 Quarterhorse Road
    East Lansing, Michigan
    USA
  • Jul 29 - Jul 30
    2017 Coaches Weekend
    Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30, 2017
     
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    2017 Coaches Weekend

    Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30, 2017
     

    Join us for the 2017 Coaches Weekend at Calvin College in Grand Rapids! In addition to training, there will be break out sessions on health and fitness topics, coaching resources, networking opportunities and more!

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    2017 Coaches Weekend
    3201 Burton Street SE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    USA
  • Jul 29 - Jul 30
    Coaches Weekend
    Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30, 2017
     
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    USA

    Coaches Weekend

    Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30, 2017
     

    2017 Coaches Weekend is coming soon! This year features a new location at Calvin College, and the event promises to deliver opportunities to network, train, and learn from some of the most experienced coaches. During the weekend you will have the opportunity to obtain two sport certifications, enjoy an appreciation dinner & social event, attend breakout sessions, and network with other coaches.

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    Venue(s)
    2017 Coaches Weekend
    Calvin Coolidge College
    Grand Rapids, 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
  • 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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