January 19, 2018 | North America: Michigan

Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation donates $17,000 to Special Olympics Michigan

By Aaron Mills

Kristin & Drew Stanton with Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation is helping Special Olympics Michigan athletes achieve their dreams by donating $17,000 to help cover equipment, training and competition costs this winter.View Story Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation is helping Special Olympics Michigan athletes achieve their dreams by donating $17,000 to help cover equipment, training, and competition costs this winter.After hearing that the Farmington ski team was in need of funds in order to compete this year, the former Michigan State standout and current NFL quarterback’s foundation stepped up to help by donating $3,000 to the team to cover equipment and training costs.Local Special Olympics programs in Area 8 (Ingham and Eaton Counties) and Area 28 (Clinton County) will also receive $2,000 each for equipment and uniform expenses. The remaining $10,000 will benefit athletes from all across Michigan with the funds going to help support the 2018 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games that take place January 30 through February 2 in the greater Traverse City area.Drew Stanton and his wife Kristin have financially supported Special Olympics Michigan since 2008, both locally and at the state level.

About Aaron Mills: Aaron Mills is the Sr. Marketing and Communications Director at Special Olympics Michigan.
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December 01, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Taking a Friend with Autism to Prom

By Kendra Nora

Since I can remember I have had a friend with autism who I hold dear to my heart. We grew up as good friends. I never saw him as any different but of course many people did. I knew that his social life had to be hard. Junior year of high school he asked me to attend prom with him and I was overjoyedView Story Since I can remember I have had a friend with autism who I hold dear to my heart. We grew up as good friends. I never saw him as any different but of course many people did. I knew that his social life had to be hard. Junior year of high school he asked me to attend prom with him and I was overjoyed. I took him to homecoming and prom that year. Not because I felt sorry for him but because he holds a special place in my heart and I wanted him to see how loved he truly is and to give him something special that he can always reflect on. He is an inspiration to me everyday and I wanted to thank him for that by taking him to prom. He ended up winning prom king and that was the icing to the cake! He brings up winning prom king all of the time now. It was beautiful. It angers me to see people treat him different.

About Kendra Nora: Daughter of a special education teacher and friend of person with autism.
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November 06, 2017 | North America: Michigan

Forest Hills Eastern High School Receives National Banner Recognition

By Brad Lake

Forest Hills Eastern Teacher Chris Thomas (left) with Special Olympics Michigan Sr. Director of Program Leadership, Dan Ekonen (right)

Forest Hills Eastern High School has been selected as the first school in Michigan to be a Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Banner program. "It's overwhelming," said Chris Thomas, a Forest Hills Eastern teacher. "To be the first one to be recognized is really special." A SpeView Story Forest Hills Eastern High School has been selected as the first school in Michigan to be a Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Banner program."It's overwhelming," said Chris Thomas, a Forest Hills Eastern teacher. "To be the first one to be recognized is really special." A Special Olympics Unified Champion School exhibits a commitment to an inclusive school climate that promotes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. Standards for determining a National Banner Unified Champion School are based upon the three over-arching components that include Special Olympics Unified Sports where students with and without intellectual disabilities practice and compete together, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagements."I couldn't do it without the students,” said Chris Thomas. "We're getting recognized as a Unified Champion School because we have so many students who come out and help."

About Brad Lake: Brad Lake is a marketing and communications intern at Special Olympics Michigan.
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