How can I get involved as a family member?
Special Olympics Michigan hopes that families will get involved with their local programs. You may find that you grow and learn through the different volunteer and leadership roles available. Many families find lifelong friendships in the other parents and volunteers.
Just a few of the ways that family members and friends can get involved are as:
- Assistant Coaches
- Event coordinators
Are there family activities at state competitions?
At each state level competition, a family committee plans activities and provides services for parents and family members. Some activities include a family registration area with competition guides, resources, workshops, family buttons, refreshments, and special coupons for lodging and meals.
What is available for families on the local or area level?
Each area Special Olympics program has a family representative who serves on the management team to voice family concerns and plan activities for families.
In some local programs, a full-fledged family committee or booster club organizes activities and gets families involved. Some of their projects may include fund-raising, arranging car pools or other transportation, coaching, speaking to civic groups, organizing cheering sections, volunteering, or planning Special Olympics Sunday.
Learn more about what your area offers by visiting the Regional Pages on the website.
What is the Parent/Family Advisory Council?
A Parent/Family Advisory Council exists which provides input and advice to Special Olympics Michigan state headquarters staff concerning sports programs and the needs of families in relation to those programs.
Members of the council are the parents or family members of current Special Olympics athletes. One or two individuals are elected from each of Michigan's six regions to serve on the council, for a maximum of twelve members.
Members serve for two years and can be reappointed for an additional two years. A Special Olympics Michigan staff person serves as the coordinator for the council. To share comments with the Advisory council or to learn more about it, contact Ron Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 5/19: Knights of Columbus Golf Outing (Lowell, MI 49331)
- 5/25: Volleyball Tournament (Carson City, MI 48811)
- 5/30: 2013 State Summer Games (Mount Pleasant)
- 5/31: Wertz Warriors Golf Outing (Macomb)
- 5/31: Rev It Up Ride (Mt. Pleasant)
- 6/8: 2013 5K Foam Fest (Shelby Twp., Michigan)
- 6/17: Area 8 Golf Invitational (East Lansing)
- 6/18: REO Golf Outing (Northville, MI 48168)
- 6/21: 6th Annual Highlands Golf Classic (Grand Rapids)
- 6/22: LETR Tri-City Area Dodgeball (Bay City, MI 48708)