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Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games return to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in 2023

Join the excitement as Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes and Unified partners from more than 60 counties across Michigan take part in the 2023 State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors. The celebration runs January 31 – February 3 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (GTRS), Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts, and Howe Ice Arena at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. 

Special Olympics Michigan’s 3-Hole Challenge to return to 2023 Dow GLBI schedule

Tournament officials announced that the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational’s Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge program will be returning to the 2023 tournament. Scheduled for Friday, July 21, this annual event will welcome twelve Special Olympics athletes from Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region. Athletes will compete in a three-hole, three-person scramble on holes 16, 17, and 18 at Midland Country Club. The Dow GLBI and the Special Olympics Michigan have teamed up for the Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge since 2019.

Athletes prepare for Special Olympics Michigan Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Competition

Championship medals are being polished ahead of the Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Poly Hockey and Unified Bowling finals next week. Nearly 500 athletes and Unified partners from across Michigan are expected to participate in the Lansing area events on Friday, Nov. 4.

2022 Award & Appreciation nomination forms released!

After a two-year hiatus, the SOMI Awards & Appreciation Dinner returns! Below you will find our nomination forms for awards that will be given on Friday, Dec. 2, 202 to highlight the amazing work of our athletes, volunteers, coaches & supporters this past year. See the categories and nominate those who have gone above and beyond.

Detroit Police Chief lights cauldron during Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Police Chief Joe Morin list of professional accomplishments is long. However, his proudest is serving as a leader for the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for more than a decade. 

Special Olympics Bharat: Every day there is more opportunity

Reporter: Mathew Thomas, Special Olympics Michigan Unified partner

“It’s happening slowly, but we need more awareness. Every day there is more opportunity,” said Dr. Mallika Nadda, Chairwoman, Special Olympics Bharat. “We have come a long way.” 

Fair game: The deeper meaning behind inclusion

Unified Reporters: Kayla Helferinch, Mathew Thomas, Max Hinga, Kate Schemper, Lydia Deblecourt

The Special Olympics Unified Cup Detroit 2022 proved to be a week-long event aimed at ensuring there is a place for everyone on and off the playing field. Teams from around the world showcased their athletic ability, eliminating the stigma of those with intellectual disabilities playing on a team with Unified partners. While the teams are Unified – is the playing time?

Special Olympics Michigan Athlete’s Health Journey takes her to the White House 

Cornell was one of 500 attendees at the conference in our nation’s capital, hand-picked by Special Olympics International to represent an underserved population – those individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Chatting with the Chairman: A Front Row Seat to the Best in Humanity

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) Athlete, Max Hinga (19), has spent his life creating his own opportunities. The teen has traveled the Unified States as an advocate for Special Olympics, most recently participating in the 2022 USA Games in Orlando as a Youth Ambassador. 

Youth Leadership YAC

Inclusive youth leadership is when young people of all abilities are given opportunities to be leaders in their schools and communities. These leadership activities help students find their voices and teach them to become change agents in their communities by promoting equity and acceptance. Social inclusion is best fostered when activities within the classroom, school, and community are designed and implemented by a diverse group of students within a school.

Unified Sports

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. About 1.4 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

Whole School Engagement

Whole School Engagement activities positively impact school climate by including all students, teachers, staff, administrators. An inclusive school climate that fosters understanding and respect for all can influence how students think and act within and beyond the school.

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