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Special Olympics Michigan Celebrates 50 Years of In-Person State Summer Games at Central Michigan University

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is excited to mark a historic milestone, celebrating 50 years of in-person State Summer Games on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU), May 30 – June 1, 2024. More than 2,500 athletes from across the state will compete in 90 events, commemorating five decades of quality sports competition.

Special Olympics Michigan Prepares to Celebrate Regional Spring Games: One Day, Multiple Locations Statewide

The spirit of inclusion is set to ignite as Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) proudly announces the arrival of the much-anticipated 2024 Regional Spring Games. Saturday, May 4, athletes will compete throughout greater Grand Rapids and Detroit in the sports of Bocce, Swimming, Volleyball and Track & Field.

SOMI Athlete “Drafted” by NFL to Announce an NFL Draft Pick

The NFL Draft provides a collective opportunity for millions of fans across the globe to come together and support the next generation of players as they begin their NFL careers. This year in Detroit, inspirational fans, community leaders, and special guests will join the NFL and participate in the 2024 NFL Draft presented by Bud Light by announcing select picks live on stage and remotely.

Unified Dream Team: Danny & Dylan

“I look good,” said Danny Ristich, Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athlete, soliciting a big laugh from the crowd as the hockey goalie commented on the professional gear he was wearing following an hour of warding off pucks during hockey drills. 

The loudest laugh came from friend, Dylan Larkin, standing at his side as the two took questions from the media together. “Danny is always making Waterford very, very proud,” Larkin, Detroit Red Wings hockey captain said of this friend. “One of our local heroes.”

Champions of Character: College & SOMI Athletes Come Together to Cheer

Walking through the empty lobby of Eastern Michigan University’s George Gervin GameAbove Center – a state-of-the-art sports complex that rivals professional stadiums – one would question if they had arrived at the correct location for an event.

The turn styles and ticket booths that spectators crowded through on game days stood empty, and there was not another person to be found at the front of the building.

2024 Polar Plunge Season Celebrates Record-Breaking Season for Third Consecutive Year

The initial $1.5 million collective fundraising goal for more than 25 locations statewide was reached only weeks into the 2024 Polar Plunge season. The Polar Plunge season closed well above its anticipated target, with 8,600 hundred Plungers raising more than $1.9 million. 

Special Olympics Michigan Teams Prepare to Participate in 2024 State Basketball Finals

Championship medals are waiting to be awarded Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) State Basketball Finals. More than 80 teams from across Michigan will compete for top honors Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.

Northern Michigan Prepares to Host 45th Annual Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games

Join the excitement as Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes and Unified partners from more than 60 counties across Michigan take part in the 2024 State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors. The celebration runs January 30 – February 2 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (GTRS), Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts, and Howe Ice Arena at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. 

2024 State Winter Games Resource Page

January 30 - February 2
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa / Schuss Mountain / Howe Arena

Get ready for some spirited competition and fun in the snow. Stay tuned here for all the information regarding the competition and other important updates regarding the games!

Make a Splash for Special Olympics: 2024 Michigan Polar Plunge Dates Released

Special Olympics Michigan on track for a record-breaking Polar Plunge season with more than 25 locations statewide. The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a movement of volunteers dedicated to increasing awareness and funds for SOMI athletes across the state. In 2023, through grassroots fundraising efforts, LETR raised more than $2 million for SOMI athletes.

Take Life by the Reins: Jane Vermeulen’s Joy in the Journey 

Jane “Janey” Vermeulen lived her life to the fullest while inspiring others to pursue their own best quality of life, regardless of limitations.

Living large was a personality trait that came naturally to the Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athlete and was undeniably infectious. “She just lived it,” said Angela Martin, Senior Associate Director at the Michigan Development Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University, warmly remembering Janey who passed away unexpectedly in 2022. “She made me want to be more of a life-living person who loved the moment.”

Groundbreaking Milestone Achieved at Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is making major construction milestones transforming the once South Christian High School into the world’s largest inclusive sports facility - the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center.

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