This Tax Season Support Special Olympics Michigan Athletes with Voluntary Income Tax Check-off Box!

Photo Caption from Left to Right: Special Olympics Michigan Area 8 (Ingham and Eaton Counties) Director and Board Member Anne Goudie, Area 8 Athlete Matt Stewart, Area 8 Athlete Maria Michaels, Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors Chairman Stuart Elsea, Governor Rick Snyder, Special Olympics Michigan President/CEO Lois Arnold, State Representative Kevin Cotter, Special Olympics Michigan Chief Development Officer Matt Felan, Special Olympics Michigan Sr. Director of Public Relations and Marketing Kimberly Purdy and Kayla Hord (Special Olympics Michigan).


On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder signed into law House Bill 4632 and Senate Bill 381 to allow taxpayers to easily donate money to help fund programs for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes. The bills create a fund to allow for a new Special Olympics Michigan voluntary check-off box on state income tax returns. The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) and by State Representative Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant).

The legislation allows individuals to designate a contribution of $5.00, $10.00, or more to Special Olympics Michigan on their annual state income tax return. The income tax check-off will be active for the 2012 tax year and 2013 fiscal year.

"This is a very exciting day for Special Olympics Michigan and the nearly 20,000 athletes in our programs! We thank Senator Rick Jones and State Representative Kevin Cotter for their work on this legislation, and Governor Snyder for signing it today. The income tax check-off box will provide taxpayers an easy way to voluntarily donate, to allow us to provide programs to more children adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. It will also create more public awareness to millions of taxpayers about the benefits of SOMI programs to athletes, their families and communities," said Special Olympics Michigan President & CEO Lois Arnold.

Special Olympics Michigan provides year-round athletic training and competition. for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience physical fitness, acceptance, respect, unity, inclusion, joy, and friendship.

Special Olympics Michigan gets no state funding. The programs exist because of the support of sponsors, donors and fundraisers. Any costs for administering this check-off program would come directly from the money raised with the program.

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for nearly 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes have continuous opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. SOMI is a non-profit organization that receives no state funding. The generosity of Michigan organizations, individuals and statewide businesses enable the programs to continue.