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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.
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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

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East Campus Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI,  48859

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+1 (989) 774-3911

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Upcoming Events

  • Apr
    21
    Rochester Hills Fire Truck Pull
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    Sat Apr 21, 2018
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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    Rochester Hills
    Michigan
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    Rochester Hills Fire Truck Pull

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    Sat Apr 21, 2018
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Show your strength by pulling a Fire Truck at the Rochester Hills Fire Truck Pull. $500 per team or $50 per person with 10 people per team. Click the link to register.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Applied Fitness Solutions
    1136 Rochester Rd
    Rochester Hills, Michigan
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  • Apr
    27
    Southwest Regional Gymnastics Meet
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    Fri Apr 27, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    East Lansing
    MI
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    Southwest Regional Gymnastics Meet

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    Fri Apr 27, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    The Southwest Regional Gymnastics Meet is hosted by Michigan State University's Women's Gymnastics Team and features close to 75 athletes competing in both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

    Contact information

    • Nick Caudle
      Tournament Director
    Venue(s)
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    Jenison Fieldhouse - Michigan State University
    223 Kalamazoo St.
    East Lansing, MI
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  • May
    05
    Southwest Regional Spring Games
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    Sat May 05, 2018
    08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Grand Rapids
    MI
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    Southwest Regional Spring Games

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    Sat May 05, 2018
    08:30 AM - 02:00 PM

    The Southwest Regional Spring Games is hosted by Calvin College and features over to 700 athletes competing in 13 different events.

    Contact information

    • Nick Caudle
      Tournament Director
    Venue(s)
    location
    Calvin College
    3195 Knight Way SE
    Grand Rapids, MI
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  • May
    05
    Track and Field Event
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    Sat May 05, 2018
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    White Lake
    MI
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    Track and Field Event

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    Sat May 05, 2018
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Oakland County Special Olympics is hosting our annual Track and Field Event again this year at Lakeland High School. Don't miss seeing our athletes compete in a variety of events including 50 M Dash, 100 M Dash, standing long jump, running long jump, shot put, high jump, softball throw, pentathlon, walking and wheelchair events and so much more!

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    Lakeland High School
    1630 Bogie Lake Road
    White Lake, MI
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  • May
    11
    Breakfast of Champions
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    Fri May 11, 2018
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
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    Detroit
    Michigan
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    Breakfast of Champions

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    Fri May 11, 2018
    07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

    Join us on Friday, May 11, 2018 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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    Detroit Athletic Club
    241 Madison Street
    Detroit, Michigan
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  • May
    12
    Bocce/Horseshoe Tournament
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    Sat May 12, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Scottville
    MI
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    Bocce/Horseshoe Tournament

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    Sat May 12, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    We will be having a Bocce/Horseshoe Tournament on May 12, 2018 in Scottville at the Optimist Band Shell behind West Shore Bank. The tournament will start at 9:00 - lunch will be provided.

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    Scottville Optimist Band Shell
    105 W Green Street
    Scottville, MI
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    The Scottville Optimist band shell is behind West Shore Bank on Highway 10
  • May 31 - Jun 02
    State Summer Games
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    Thu May 31 - Sat Jun 02, 2018
     
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    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
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    State Summer Games

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    Thu May 31 - Sat Jun 02, 2018
     

    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 Medallion Partner of Special Olympics Michigan.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Central Michigan University
    2400 East Campus Drive
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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  • Jun
    03
    3rd Annual Charity Car and Vendor Show For Area 8
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    Sun Jun 03, 2018
    07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    Charlotte
    Michigan
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    3rd Annual Charity Car and Vendor Show For Area 8

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    Sun Jun 03, 2018
    07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    This event raises money to send Area 8 (Eaton/Ingham County) athletes to their Special Olympics events. Car registration starting at 10 am. $10 donation at the gate first 50 entries get a dash plaque. As well as additional prize and trophies opportunities. Bake sale donations can be drop off the week of the event May 29th through June 1st from 7 am - 5 pm at Dean Transportation in Charlotte. Please join us or contact us for donations or to be a sponsor at 517-541-2772. Ask for Darcey or Jennifer.


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    Contact information

    • Darcey or Jennifter
      (517) 541-2772
    Venue(s)
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    Dean Transportation
    307 Packard Hwy
    Charlotte, Michigan
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  • Jun
    05
    Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon
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    Tue Jun 05, 2018
    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
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    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
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    Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon

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    Tue Jun 05, 2018
    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 5 at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids 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. For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Alison Miller at (989) 621-5580 or alison.miller@somi.org or you may send your gifts to Special Olympics Michigan - 1239 76th Street SW, Suite E., Byron Center, Michigan 49315.


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    Contact information

    • Krista Avery
      (616) 583-1202 ext. 104
    Venue(s)
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    JW Marriott Grand Rapids
    235 Louis St NW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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  • Aug
    25
    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament
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    Sat Aug 25, 2018
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Rockford
    MI
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    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament

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    Sat Aug 25, 2018
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    The Southwest Regional Softball Tournament is hosted at the Art Van Sports Complex and features close to 25 teams competing in Traditional, Unified, and Coach Pitch divisions.

    Contact information

    • Nick Caudle
      Tournament Director
    Venue(s)
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    Art Van Sports Complex
    3300 10 Mile Rd.
    Rockford, MI
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  • Sep
    08
    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament
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    Sat Sep 08, 2018
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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    Caledonia
    MI
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    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

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    Sat Sep 08, 2018
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    The Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament is hosted by Caledonia Community Schools and features close to 20 teams competing in 5/side and 7/side divisions as well as the Individual Skills Contest.

    Contact information

    • Nick Caudle
      Tournament Director
    Venue(s)
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    Paris Ridge Elementary School
    4690 Paris Ridge Dr.
    Caledonia, MI
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Sports Seasons

  • Apr 04 - Jun 02
    Clare-Gladwin RESD Track and Field
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    Wed Apr 04, 2018
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    Clare
    MI
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    Clare-Gladwin RESD Track and Field

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    Wed Apr 04, 2018

    Practice will begin Wednesday, April 4th and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4pm until State Summer Games.

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    Venue(s)
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    Clare-Gladwin RESD
    4041 E. Mannsiding Road
    Clare, MI
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    School
  • Apr 05 - Jun 02
    Mt. Pleasant Track and Field
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    Thu Apr 05, 2018
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    Mt. Pleasant
    MI
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    Mt. Pleasant Track and Field

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    Thu Apr 05, 2018

    Practice will begin Thursday, April 5th and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm until State Summer Games.

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    Venue(s)
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    CMU Track
    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
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    Outdoor Track
  • Apr 09 - Jun 02
    Mt. Pleasant Bocce and Horseshoes
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    Mon Apr 09, 2018
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    Mt. Pleasant
    MI
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    Mt. Pleasant Bocce and Horseshoes

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    Mon Apr 09, 2018

    Practice will begin Monday, April 9th and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm until State Summer Games.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Island Park
    Main Street
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
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