Area 16

Area Events

Counties » Kalamazoo

Sports » Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Golf, Gymnastics, Poly Hockey, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball

Total Athletes » 263

Welcome to the Area 16, Kalamazoo County web page. Our office is located on the campus of Western Michigan Univerisity and the phone number is (269) 387-2718. If for some reason your questions about Special Olympics in Kalamazoo County can't be answerd, by calling this number, please email the Area Director, Chris Maynard. On this page, you will find information about our area, a list of upcoming events, news articles about what is happening as well as some pictures of our Area 16 Special Olympic athletes.


  • GOLF: Summer (May through August)
  • UNIFIED GOLF: Fall (late August through early December)
  • POWERLIFTING: Held year-round. Click here to email our coach about participating of volunteering in powerlifting.
  • SOFTBALL: Summer (May through July)

To sign up for a sport, please call and leave your name and the sport you'd like to sign up for on the Area 16 Info Line at (269) 387-2718.

Area 16 Young Athletes Program and Schedule

We hold Young Athlete's programs at the same venue and overlapping time that our Traditional Sports practices are offered. Please note that your little folks will not be practicing with our older Athletes, they will simply be sharing space and have a program of their own geared toward sport-specific skill development helping them move forward into someday participating in the sport they see going on around them at practice.
This is also a great time for you, as parents, to network with parents of older children and adults who have the benefit of "been there, done that" under their belts! The young Athlete's that participated also seemed to enjoy the high-fives and verbal praise they received from the traditional Athletes who would stop by their venue to encourage them.

We hope you might consider allowing your Athlete to participate in a Young Athlete's Exhibition, similar to what is offered at many Special Olympics State events, showcasing your child's abilities. We are asking that you please sign your child up in advance so that we can plan ahead to we have enough Volunteers on hand to ensure a safe and positive experience for your Young Athlete. If you know of any other parents who have children that might be interested in the program, please feel free to share this information with them. If they are interested in signing their child up, please have them send an email to: so we can get them a registration form and get them signed up.​​

Young Athletes Gymnastics is in full swing! At this time we are not taking any new Young Athletes into this program. However, please watch our website for information on next year's program in late fall of 2014!


What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. It began in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The concept was born in the early 1960s when Mrs.Shriver started a day camp for people with disabilities. She saw that people with disabilities were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts thought. There are now accredited Special Olympics programs in more than 130 countries and more are continually being developed. In the United States, there are about 25,000 communities with Special Olympics programs.

What is the meaning/significance of the Special Olympics logo?

The Special Olympics logo has gone through several changes in its lifetime. The original "stick figure" (now the Official Symbol) is an abstract but humanistic form designed to convey the impression of movement and activity. The logo is a symbol of growth, confidence and joy among children and adults with disabilities who are learning coordination, mastering skills, participating in competitions and preparing themselves for richer, more productive lives. The spherical appearance of the logo is a representation of Special Olympics' global outreach. The Official Logo is a visual representation of the theme: "Special Olympics--Uniting the World through skill, courage, sharing and joy."

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