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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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Mt. Pleasant, MI,  48859

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+1 (989) 774-3911

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb
    24
    Oakland County Winterfest
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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    Commerce Township
    Michigan
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    Oakland County Winterfest

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    The first annual Oakland County Winterfest wil be held on Saturday, February 24, at On the Dunes Sports Facility in Commerce Township. Take part in a 5K walk, 18 hole virtual golf tournament, football bowling, or watch 12 hours of outdoor hockey featuring Oakland County Police and Fire.


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    On the Dunes Sports Facility
    2055 Haggerty Road
    Commerce Township, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    Bay City Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Bay City
    Michigan
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    Bay City Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    The Bay City Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Registration opens at 11:00 am. Parade of Costumes takes place at 11:45 with plungers experiencing the thrill of jumping into a pool of ice cold water starting at noon. The After Splash Bash begins immediately following the plunge with food and awards!


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    YMCA 225
    Washington Avenue
    Bay City, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
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    Chippewa Lake
    Michigan
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    Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 02:30 PM

    The Chippewa Lake - Mecosta/Osceola County Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 24, 2018 at Chippewa Lake. Registration starts at 11:00 at the East Bay General Store, 19961 East Chippewa Lake Drive, Chippewa Lake. The parade of costumes and plunge will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Lake Public Access on East Chippewa Drive between 20 mile road and 21 mile road. The After Splash Bash will take place immediately following at the Chippewa Township Community Building, 10467 19 Mile Road, Rodney MI 49342.


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    East Bay General Store
    19961 East Chippewa Lake Drive
    Chippewa Lake, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    Detroit Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
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    Detroit
    Michigan
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    Detroit Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    09:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    The Detroit Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 24, 2018 at The Belle Isle Boat House! Registration starts at 9:30 am and a Plunge into the Detroit River at 11:30 am. The After Splash Bash will take place immediately following the last plunger.


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    Belle Isle Boat House
    E Picnic Way
    Detroit, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
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    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    The Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 24, 2018 outside the Van Andel Arena in a swimming pool! Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. inside The BOB and the plunge will start at 1:00 pm outside of the Van Andel Arena. Stick around for awards at the after-splash bash at the BOB. Join us for the Griffins Game as we continue the celebration. For every ticket sold, $4 will go back to Special Olympics. Purchase your tickets today!


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    Van Andel Arena
    130 Fulton Street W
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    State Unified Basketball Finals
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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    Kalamazoo
    MI
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    State Unified Basketball Finals

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Approximately 450 athletes and 125 coaches/chaperones participate in the state unified basketball finals each year. Unified basketball teams consist of players both with and without intellectual disabilities.


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    Western Michigan University's Student Recreation Center
    2000 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI
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  • Feb
    24
    Area 30 Female Basketball Tournament
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:15 AM - 02:30 PM
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    Midland
    Michigan
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    Area 30 Female Basketball Tournament

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    08:15 AM - 02:30 PM

    The Area 30 Female basketball tournament takes place Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Midland High School. Registration is at 8:15 AM with the tournament running until 2:30 PM.

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    Midland High School
    1301 Eastlawn Dr
    Midland, Michigan
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  • Feb
    24
    WinterFest
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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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    Commerce Township
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    WinterFest

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    Sat Feb 24, 2018
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    This event is the premier Oakland County Fundraiser! Don't miss out! This year we have a 12 hour hockey game between Oakland County Police and Fire Fighters beginning 10:00 a.m. and running until 10:00 that night! In addition we have 3 virtual golf tournaments, football bowling, family fun games, a 5K run/walk, live music, dancing, ice sculptures and more!


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    The Dunes
    2055 Haggerty Road
    Commerce Township, MI
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  • Mar
    10
    Twin Saults Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Mar 10, 2018
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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    Sault Ste Marie
    Michigan
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    Twin Saults Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Mar 10, 2018
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    The Twin Sault's Polar Plunge will take place at The ELKS Lodge #552, 1111 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI on Saturday, March 10, 2018! Registration starts at 10 am with plungers experiencing the thrill of jumping into a pool of ice cold water at 11 am. with the After Splash Bash taking place immediately following the last plunger. Stay for the After Splash Bash at the Elks Lodge for fun awards and a great lunch provided by the Elks Lodge! Plungers eat for free and spectators for only $5!


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    Elks Lodge
    1111 E. Portage Avenue
    Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
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  • Mar
    17
    Manistee Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sat Mar 17, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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    Manistee
    Michigan
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    Manistee Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sat Mar 17, 2018
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    The inaugural Manistee Polar Plunge will take place on March 17th at the Little River Casino Resort! Join us as we pull out all the stops to make this truly a destination plunge! Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. in front of the River Rock Sports Bar & Grille with plungers experiencing the thrill of jumping into icy cold pool water at 1:00 p.m. The After Splash Bash will begin immediately after the plunge where we will celebrate with awards, silent auction and amazing food!


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    Little River Casino Resort
    2700 Orchard Highway
    Manistee, Michigan
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  • Mar
    18
    Marquette Polar Plunge 2018
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    Sun Mar 18, 2018
    01:00 PM - 05:30 PM
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    Marquette
    Michigan
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    Marquette Polar Plunge 2018

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    Sun Mar 18, 2018
    01:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    $821 raised Join Now Donate Date Sunday, March 18, 2018 Location Marquette Mountain Central Michigan University Marqutte, MI Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Events (27) 27 Jan 1st Annual Winter Blast Polar Plunge Detroit, MI 27 Jan Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge 2018 Clarklake, MI 27 Jan Livingston County Polar Plunge 2018 Brighton, MI 27 Jan Muskegon Polar Plunge 2018 Muskegon, MI 3 Feb Fenton Polar Plunge 2018 Fenton, MI 3 Feb Traverse City Polar Plunge 2018 Traverse City, MI 9 Feb University of Michigan Polar Plunge 2018 Ann Arbor, MI 10 Feb Belleville Polar Plunge 2018 Belleville, MI 10 Feb Lake City Polar Plunge 2018 Lake City, MI 10 Feb Oakland County Polar Plunge 2018 Rochester, MI 10 Feb Turk Lake/Greenville Plunge 2018 Greenville, MI 10 Feb Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Polar Plunge 2018 Kalamazoo, MI 11 Feb Lansing Polar Plunge 2018 Lansing, MI 17 Feb Alpena Polar Plunge 2018 Alpena, MI 17 Feb Cheboygan Polar Plunge 2018 Cheboygan, MI 17 Feb Holland Polar Plunge 2018 Holland, MI 17 Feb Mt. Pleasant Polar Plunge 2018 Mt. Pleasant, MI 17 Feb Saginaw Polar Plunge 2018 Saginaw, MI 18 Feb St. Clair Polar Plunge 2018 St. Clair, MI 24 Feb Bay City Polar Plunge 2018 Bay City, MI 24 Feb Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge Chippewa Lake, MI 24 Feb Detroit Polar Plunge 2018 Detroit, MI 24 Feb Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2018 Grand Rapids, MI 1 Mar Legislative Plunge 2018 Lansing, MI 10 Mar Twin Saults Polar Plunge 2018 sault ste marie, MI 17 Mar Manistee Polar Plunge 2018 Manistee, MI 18 Mar Marquette Polar Plunge 2018 Marqutte, MI About SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN INC Fundraise For SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN INC The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate co... See Nonprofit Page The Marquette Polar Plunge takes place on March 18, 2018 at Marquette Mountain Ski Hill. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Parade of Costumes takes place at 2:15 p.m. Costumes are not required but certainly encouraged as many plungers vie for the coveted Golden Plunger award for Best Costume! The Plunging starts at 2:30 p.m. The After Splash Bash and awards will take place at 3:30 p.m. The fee to jump is any donation to Special Olympcis Michigan. We do encourage you to raise $75+ to receive the awesome Polar Plunge t-shirt and we also have higher level incentive items. By setting up your fundraising page after going through the registraiton process it is really easy to raise money when sending your fundraising link to friends and family on social media.


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    Marquette Mountain
    Central Michigan University
    Marquette, Michigan
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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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    St. Louis Church of Christ
    1075 W. Monroe Road
    St. Louis, MI
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    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.

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    Mary McGuire Elementary School
    4883 Crosslanes Street
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
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  • 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.

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    Clare-Gladwin RESD
    4041 E. Mannsiding Road
    Clare, MI
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