by Anne Rogers

Young Athletes from Detroit show off their medals.

Special Olympics Michigan held the first annual Young Athletes Expo with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) on March 2, 2016. Thanks to the generous grant awarded by Toys R Us we were able to host a wonderful event for 175 children that attend DPS. Nine schools attended the event at the Heilman Recreation Center in Detroit. The children were led through seven sport stations that included basketball, soccer, poly hockey, flag football, golf, bowling and an obstacle course.

Young Athletes and volunteers at the event on March 2.

100 volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Sam's Club came out to run the event. Children left with a medal for their efforts and some snacks, crayons and a coloring book. Each school was given a parachute and beanbags to take back to their school to add programming to their school day. It was a great day full of fun and laughter. The teachers and volunteers gave great feedback and are already asking about the event for next year.