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2023 State Summer Games Resources

May 31 - June 2, 2023
Central Michigan University - Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The 2023 State Summer Games represents SOMI's largest event since 2019 - a return to form for our biggest competition and celebration of the year! However, this year, there will be several significant changes to our competition, as CMU is undergoing major construction of the outdoor facilities and athletics grounds. 


Meeting the Moment: Special Olympics Michigan’s NEW Podcast is Live!

Stories from and inspired by the Special Olympics inclusion movement across Michigan and beyond.

Special Olympics Michigan’s podcast is inspired by our Special Olympics athletes - the true game-changers who stand tall, push comfort zones, and inspire us when it counts - in the moment. Through our newest storytelling platform, we share stories about how Special Olympics game-changers met "their moment" and rose above, to make a more inclusive, just world. 

Special Olympics Michigan Athletes & Unified Partners Prepare for State Summer Games

The 2023 State Summer Games, Special Olympics Michigan’s (SOMI) largest annual event, will see attendance numbers return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. The event on Central Michigan University’s Main Campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan will host more than 2,000 athletes and Unified Partners for sports competition May 31 – June 2. The event is expected to draw in thousands more coaches, family members, and fans throughout the three-day event. 

SOMI Capitol Day: Unified Sports Brings Lansing Lawmakers Together

The Capitol lawn in Lansing was alive with laughter and cheers this week, as Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes, Unified partners, and supporters invited lawmakers to participate in a sports exhibition following a morning of budget negotiations inside the state house. 

While the mood was light as dozens of legislators learned the skill behind the sports of bocce, soccer, and badminton, the message behind the games was powerful. 

The Road to World Games: Jessica Duvall, Gymnast

“It’s a lot, there is pressure for me,” said Jessica Duvall, who is a mixture of excitement and nerves as she looks ahead to the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, now just two months away. The 28-year-old is a multi-sport Special Olympics Michigan athlete, but it’s gymnastics that brings her to life.

“I have my friends next to me, my coach in front of me, I am surrounded by people that support me. It’s awesome,” Duvall said with a bright smile and a loud laugh.

Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge Season Celebrates Record Turnouts, Donations in 2023

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is dedicated to creating a world that accepts and welcomes every person regardless of ability or disability. The 2023 Polar Plunge season celebrated the push for a more inclusive world, with record-breaking crowds and funds raised for the second consecutive year. 

Focusing the power of inclusion in a camera lens

They're out there, waiting patiently for that perfect moment. That hopeful smile at the starting line. A fist bump before the start of competition. That triumphant push across the finish line. From the snowy ski hills of Northern Michigan to the hot summer sun of a Mount Pleasant track, Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is blessed to have active, on-site volunteer photographers.

Gun Lake Casino and Special Olympics Michigan announce a “winning” partnership for inclusion!

On Thursday, leadership from Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI), Gun Lake Casino, and Gun Lake Tribe gathered to announce a new state-wide partnership, including the presenting sponsorship of the world's largest Special Olympics training facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Made possible through a generous $2.5 million sponsorship agreement from Gun Lake Casino and Gun Lake Tribe, this partnership will support the Unified Sports & Inclusion Center as the premiere facility for all Special Olympics Michigan athletes to train and compete.

Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports Teams to Play  in Detroit Public School League Basketball Championship

For the first time since founded in 1904, the Detroit Public School League (PSL) Basketball League will partner with Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) to host a Unified Championship Game. Following a full season of league play, Sunday, February 19, Cody High School and Central High School teams – comprised of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities – will go head-to-head for the Detroit PSL Unified Championship title. 

Wertz Warriors Launch Statewide Snowmobile Ride for Special Olympics Michigan

Sunday, January 29, the Wertz Warriors will take off on their annual week-long, 900-mile snowmobile endurance ride from Clinton Township to Mackinaw City, raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). This year marks the 42nd ride of the Wertz Warriors.

2023 Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge Dates Released and Reveal ‘The Plungester’

Each day the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) push themselves outside of their comfort zone, breaking down barriers in an effort to create a unified world. You’re invited to make a splash and join them as they pave the way in the Inclusion Revolution by taking the Polar Plunge.

Beyond the Podium: The True Meaning Behind a Medal

“Try, try again, get back up, and make sure that you go for it.” 

As we enter a new year, these words shared by Special Olympics Michigan athlete, Jessica Martin, will be words I will live by moving forward. The 29-year-old uses her life philosophy daily to motivate herself and her peers. 

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