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Special Olympics Michigan Debuts November Classic, Featuring Poly Hockey, Unified Bowling, & Flag Football

More than 1,100 athletes & Unified partners to participate in tournaments for the November Classic, part of SOMI State Fall Games. The November Classic is one of six state-level competitions held throughout the year at Special Olympics Michigan. Additionally, more than 700 competitions are offered at local and regional levels each year. Information on the tournaments can be found here.

Fisher Magnet Upper Academy Named National Banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics International

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is pleased to announce Fisher Magnet Upper Academy is being recognized as a Special Olympics National Banner School and an ESPN Honor Roll School for its work in the Unified Champion Schools strategy. This is the highest honor a school can receive by Special Olympics International. 

From Unknown to Top of the Podium: Detroit’s Rising Champions

More than 700 athletes participated in soccer, kayaking, cycling, and golf competitions as part of the 2023 State Fall Games presented by the Real Estate One Charitable Foundation. Read how a Detroit sports team takes on a new challenge, resulting in confidence, camaraderie, and quality competition. 

Athletes Prepare for 10th Annual Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games

Hundreds of Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes and Unified partners are training in preparation for the 2023 State Fall Games. September 22 and September 23, 2023, individuals and teams will compete in golf, soccer, kayaking, and cycling events.

Top Golf Teams Up With Special Olympics in Auburn Hills

Special Olympics and modern golf entertainment leader Topgolf have formed an international Unified Sports® alliance to support the Inclusion Revolution. This event within the Special Olympics sport of Golf will also activate at Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) at its Auburn Hills location.

Just Call Joan: A Teacher’s Role in Shaping the #UnifiedGeneration

“If I ever need anything I just call… Joan,” Jaeley Huelskamp cringed and laughed as she said the name “Joan.” Joan is more commonly known to Huelskam as “Mrs. Robertson.” It was only recently the two women transitioned from a student-teacher relationship to peers.

Huelskamp completed her inaugural year as an educator at Lake Fenton High School a few months ago. She first met Joan Robertson more than a decade ago, in 2013, as a freshman at Grand Blanc High School. Robertson was leading a new after-school program known as Project UNIFY.

Beyond Service: What it Means to be an AmeriCorps Member

“We like to think of our AmeriCorps positions as service positions. What we’re doing is a service, not a job,” said Austin Shepherd, a Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) AmeriCorps Member. “It’s not ‘I went to work today’ it’s ‘I went to serve today’,” he explained about what he calls ‘The Service Mindset,’ a common personality trait amongst his AmeriCorps colleagues. 

International Inclusion Warriors Return Home from World Games

Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 have come and gone, but for the Michigan members representing Special Olympics USA (SO USA), the memories will not soon fade.

The Road to World Games: Randy Coleman, Head Kayaking Coach  

Randy Coleman of Horton, Michigan, has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) for 13 years. His involvement started as a parent in 2009 when his daughter, Stephanie, signed up to play soccer as an athlete. What started out as helping in practices, led him to become more involved.

Special Olympics is part of a family,” Coleman explained. “What I really enjoy the most is working with the athletes, seeing how they compete, the fulfillment they get out of being part of something, finding out what they can do ability-wise through practice and competition.”

Fly High: The Road to World Games, Lawrence Robuste | Athletics

Aerobatics is not a sport offered at Special Olympics; it’s not even an Olympic sport. So, we’ll have to settle with the next closest thing to that – flying down the track. Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletics athlete Lawrence Robuste of Ypsilanti knows plenty about flying without wings. When asked what he loves most about his four years as a runner with SOMI he said, “It makes me feel like I can fly.”

Guardian of the Flame: Sean Wheeler, Special Olympics World Games Final Leg Runner

If you can’t run, Plunge… unless it’s summer,” said Sean Wheeler, a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Parole Agent, when speaking on his experience with the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Wheeler is an avid Polar Plunger, making an icy dip each winter to raise money and awareness for SOMI athletes. But running? Hard pass. In fact, despite his commitment to volunteering with LETR, running to Wheeler is “miserable.” 

2024 State Summer Games Resources

May 30 - June 1, 2024
Central Michigan University - Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The 2024 State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash represents 50 years of in-person competition on the campus of Central Michigan University. Join us for the biggest Special Olympics Michigan event of the year in Mount Pleasant, Michigan!

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