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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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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.

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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

  • Jan
    27
    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge
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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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    Clarklake
    Michigan
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    Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge

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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    The Clark Lake Polar Plunge will take place on January 27th at The Pointe Bar and Grill in Clarklake. Plungers will get to jump into beautiful Clark Lake! 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

    Venue(s)
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    The Pointe Bar and Grill
    1200 Eagle Point Road
    Clarklake, Michigan
    USA
  • Jan 27 - Jan 28
    Winter Blast Polar Plunge
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    Sat Jan 27 - Sun Jan 28, 2018
     
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    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    Winter Blast Polar Plunge

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    Sat Jan 27 - Sun Jan 28, 2018
     

    Come out and join us for our 1st Winter Blast Polar Plunge on January 27th and 28th, 2018 at the Campus Martius! We will have an open plunge from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a $10 donation (pre-registration is preferred). Every Plunger will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate AND a choice of coupon for free skate rental OR a free ride on our Winter Slide!


    Related Link(s):Online Registration Link

    Venue(s)
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    Campus Martius
    800 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
  • Jan
    27
    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
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    Brighton
    Michigan
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    Livingston County Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    12:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    The Livingston County Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, January 27th, 2018. 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 for the plunge.


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    Brighton High School
    7878 Brighton Road
    Brighton, Michigan
    USA
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  • Jan
    27
    Muskegon Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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    Muskegon
    Michigan
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    Muskegon Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Jan 27, 2018
    12:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    The Muskegon Polar Plunge takes place at Fricano's on Muskegon Lake on January 27, 2018. Registration starts at 12:00 p.m. The Plunge will start at 2:00 p.m. with the awards and After Splash Bash at 4:00 p.m. There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers. There will be a $10 fee for guests which includes pizza.


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    Venue(s)
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    Fricano's Muskegon Lake
    1050 W. Western Avenue
    Muskegon, Michigan
    USA
  • Jan 30 - Feb 02
    State Winter Games
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    Tue Jan 30 - Fri Feb 02, 2018
     
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    3 venues
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    State Winter Games

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    Tue Jan 30 - Fri Feb 02, 2018
     

    Approximately 900 athletes, 350 coaches/chaperones & 500 volunteers participate every year. 932 athletes participated in the 2017 State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors, which was the highest athlete turnout for the Winter Games since 2007. Athletes compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.


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    Venue(s)
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    Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
    100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
    Acme, MI
    USA
    The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the host site for the State Winter Games and is home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, snowshoe competition and team housing.
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    Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort
    5780 Shanty Creek Road
    Bellaire, MI
    USA
    Schuss Mountain is the host site for alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing competition.
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  • Feb
    03
    Fenton Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 03, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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    Fenton
    Michigan
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    Fenton Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 03, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    The Fenton Polar Plunge will take place on February 3rd at the Fenton Moose Lodge on Fenton Lake. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at The Fenton Township Hall. The parade of costumes will start at 1:00 p.m. and the plunge with begin immediately following. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin immediately following the last plunger at The Fenton Moose Lodge


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    Fenton Moose Lodge
    2245 Sonora Drive
    Fenton, Michigan
    USA
  • Feb
    03
    Traverse City Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 03, 2018
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
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    Traverse City
    Michigan
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    Traverse City Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 03, 2018
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    The Traverse City Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at North Peak Brewery/Kilkenny's Irish Pub in beautiful downtown Traverse City. Join us for a splashing great time as participants will brave the cold and plunge into a pool located in front of North Peak's patio - Front Street side!


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    North Peak Brewing
    400 West Front Street
    Traverse City, Michigan
    USA
  • Feb
    09
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge 2018
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    Fri Feb 09, 2018
    06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
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    University of Michigan Polar Plunge 2018

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    Fri Feb 09, 2018
    06:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Show your Wolverine pride! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the plunge in The Big House, the largest stadium in the United States that has stood strong since 1927! The U of M Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 9th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00pm. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.


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    Venue(s)
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    Michigan Stadium - The Big House
    1201 S. Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
  • Feb
    10
    Belleville Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    09:30 AM - 02:45 PM
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    Belleville
    Michigan
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    Belleville Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    09:30 AM - 02:45 PM

    The Belleville Polar Plunge will take place on February 10, 2018 at the BYC, 831 East Huron River Drive, Belleville, MI 48111. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. with the parade of costumes starting at 11:45 a.m. Plungers will be taking the plunge at noon into beautiful Belleville Lake. Awards and the post plunge party will start at 12:45 p.m.


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    Belleville Yacht Club
    8631 East Huron River Drive
    Belleville, Michigan
    USA
  • Feb
    10
    Lake City Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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    Lake City
    Michigan
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    Lake City Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    The Lake City Polar Plunge will take place on February 10, 2018 at Town Pump Saloon and Lake Missaukee. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Town Pump Saloon located on South Main Street in Lake City. The parade of costumes will start at 2:00 p.m. with the plunge immediately following. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Town Pump Saloon.


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    Town Pump Saloon
    117 Main Street
    Lake City, Michigan
    USA
  • Feb
    10
    Oakland County Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Rochester
    Michigan
    USA

    Oakland County Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 10, 2018
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join us for the Oakland County Polar Plunge on Feb. 10th, 2018 at Rochester Mills Brewing Company! Registration will take place from 8-9 am with the Plunge into a pool taking place at 9:30 am. The After Splash Bash will immediately follow the last plunger. We will have a silent auction, costume contest, and fundraising awards to give out after the plunge so stick around!


    Related Link(s):Event Registration

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    Venue(s)
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    Rochester Mills Beer Co.
    400 Water Street
    Rochester , Michigan
    USA

Sports Seasons

  • Dec 01 - Mar 25
    Alma Basketball
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    Fri Dec 01, 2017
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    St. Louis
    MI
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    Alma Basketball

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    Fri Dec 01, 2017

    Basketball starts Friday, December 1st at 3:30pm. First practices will be for tryouts and teams will be determined late December/early January. If you were on the JV team last year, your practice will be finished at 4:30pm, all others will end practice at 6pm. If you are new to the team this year, your practice will end at 6pm. Please come to practice prepared with water (no pop), t-shirt, shorts, and basketball shoes. If you have long hair, please have it pulled up and away from your face. December practice dates are the 1st, 8th, and 15th. Practice will resume after the holidays on January 5th.

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    Venue(s)
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    St. Louis Church of Christ
    1075 W. Monroe Road
    St. Louis, MI
    USA
    near the VFW Hall on M-46
  • Dec 05 - Mar 25
    Mt. Pleasant Basketball
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    Tue Dec 05, 2017
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    Mt. Pleasant
    MI
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    Mt. Pleasant Basketball

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    Tue Dec 05, 2017

    Basketball season will start with two all-player practices on Tuesday, December 5th and Friday, December 8th from 6-7:30pm. Teams will be selected at the end of practice on the 8th and team season schedules will be handed out. Please come dressed to play, along with gym floor shoes and a water bottle.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Mary McGuire Elementary School
    4883 Crosslanes Street
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    USA
  • Dec 06 - Mar 25
    Clare-Gladwin RESD Basketball
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    Wed Dec 06, 2017
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    Clare
    MI
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    Clare-Gladwin RESD Basketball

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    Wed Dec 06, 2017

    Practice for current RESD students will begin December 6th from 3-4pm. Practice for non-students will begin December 7th from 3-4pm Practices are held in the C-G RESD Gym inside the school.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Clare-Gladwin RESD
    4041 E. Mannsiding Road
    Clare, MI
    USA
  • Dec 10 - Feb 02
    Mt. Pleasant Winter Sports
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    Sun Dec 10, 2017
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    2 venues
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    Mt. Pleasant Winter Sports

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    Sun Dec 10, 2017

    Sunday Practices will be begin Dec. 10th and held at Chipp-A-Waters Park from 1:30-3:00pm Wednesday Practices will begin Dec. 13th and held at Island Park from 5:30-7:00pm Practice will be held with or without snow!!

    Contact information

    • Barb Semans
      Head Coach - Cross-Country Skiing
      barbara2shoes@gmail.com
      989-506-8662

    • Jurnee Mroczek
      Head Coach - Snowshoes
      989-817-3103
    Venue(s)
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    Chipp-A-Waters Park (Sundays)
    On High Street
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    USA
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    Island Park (On Wednesdays)
    On Main Street
    Mt Pleasant, MI
    USA

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