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Coaches' Corner

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Special Olympics Michigan Coaches

Coaches play a unique role in Special Olympics, working hands-on with athletes to provide the sports skills and spirit they need to compete.

To be a Special Olympics coach, you don't have to have prior experience - we provide the necessary training. What you do need is the enthusiasm and desire to make a positive impact on the lives of athletes. The following resources will guide you through the certification process.

Already a coach? Check your current certification status below. This document is updated monthly.

Return to Play Information

Get all the information and resources you need regarding Special Olympics Michigan's return to play/practice process.

2021 State Summer Games Announced!

The 2021 State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash will return for an in-person and virtual competition hybrid event!

Virtual Summer Games announced!

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is excited to announce that the second annual Virtual Summer Games, running now through July 16!  

How to become (and stay) a certified SOMI Coach

If you have volunteered with your local program in the past, contact your local area director to find out what coaching opportunities are available near you. To find contact info for the local program near you, visit the Find Your Area page.

If you’re new to volunteering and coaching all together, fill out the online volunteer registration form. Once we receive your info, we will connect you with the local program near you to begin your journey as a Special Olympics Michigan Coach.

For the Return to Play requirements (above), follow the checklist to determine what is required and to track what has been completed. Requirements must be emailed to your region’s forms email prior to being approved to begin practices. All coaches must attend an online Webinar hosted by SOMI staff via Zoom. Once you have completed the webinar, it carries over for the next season. Chaperones and practice/event volunteers do not need to attend the webinar but are more than welcome to.

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