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Team Michigan Delegation Announced for 2022 Special Olympic USA Games in Orlando

STATEWIDE, Mich. – More than 50 Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes, Unified Partners, coaches, and support staff have earned a place on Team Michigan for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games hosted in Orlando, Florida this June. 

Save the Date for State Summer Games!

This June, Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is excited to celebrate one of the biggest events of the year - the 2022 State Summer Games - featuring in-person competition on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. As the first major return since the 2019 State Summer Games, SOMI is excited to announce a large-scale event for our athletes and community members.

Take the Field at Ford Field for Special Olympics Athletes

Have you dreamed of your chance to take the turf at a professional sports stadium? Make that dream a reality all while contributing to the Inclusion Revolution.  Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is pleased to announce the inaugural year for two unique fundraisers: Motor City Yoga and Motor City Blitz. The two separate events will happen on the same day, May 14, 2022, at the home of the Detroit Lions: Ford Field. All proceeds will benefit sports and health programming for athletes with intellectual disabilities in and around the Detroit area, allowing them to participate in regional and state competitions at no cost to them – all while spreading the message of unity across the state!

Commitment to Coaching: SOMI Volunteer Recognized Nationally  

“I was overwhelmed and a little in shock,” said Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Coach, Allison Wonch, when she was awarded the Special Olympics North America (SONA) Outstanding Coach Award this month. “I am so thankful for the families and school community who continue to support Special Olympics for our athletes; giving them this great opportunity to thrive.”

Eat a Sub and Support SOMI Athletes!

 57 Michigan Jersey Mike’s Locations Will Donate 100% of Sales to Help Local Athletes Attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

Record Setting Polar Plunge Season!

This year, the Polar Plunge season raised $1,450,000 million for Special Olympics Michigan. Money raised allows athletes to compete in sports and health programming year-round at no cost. 

Who We Were Made To Be: An Educators Commitment To Inclusion

For most Special Olympics supporters brave enough to take the Polar Plunge, one icy jump is more than enough. Not for Holland Christian Staff member, Ty Van Wieren. The high school paraprofessional has committed his personal and professional life to promote the message of his inclusion. It was his students that inspired Van Wieren to plunge five times, one in honor of each student unable to take the dive themselves. 

Fifty Years Later, It Still Feels Like The First Day: SOMI Coach Marks Five Decades 

“I don’t remember the score of the games, I remember experiences,” said Bill Dombrowski, Special Olympics Michigan volunteer and coach. “We have lost more games than we have won, we have come in last and first, but it will always be about life lessons.”

Howell High School Named National Banner Unified Champion School

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes and Unified Partners will take to the court Wednesday, February 9 at Howell High School to celebrate their achieve

Health Messenger Spotlight: Leslie Venema

Health Messenger: Leslie Venema

Health Messenger Spotlight: Elizabeth "Liz" Viele

Health Messenger: Elizabeth "Liz" Viele

Join us in congratulating one of our newest Health Messengers, Elizabeth Viele! Liz began Special Olympics back in the late 1990s and has competed in basketball, gymnastics, bowling, cross country skiing, flag football, and softball. Liz has a passion for being a leader and wanted to become a Health Messenger so that she could continue to develop her leadership skills as a role model for health and wellness. Liz enjoys leading warm-ups before her exercise classes and hopes to continue to improve her fitness leading skills. 

New Chief Officer of Strategic Growth to spur new era of expansion

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is pleased to announce that Jennifer VanSkiver has joined its leadership team in a newly created position, Chief Officer of Strategic Growth.

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