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State Competitions

Special Olympics Michigan holds more than 700 local and regional competitions each year in addition to seven state-level competitions and four district basketball tournaments. Information on local and regional competitions can be found on the events calendar. State-level competition information can be found below.

A Special Olympics Michigan athlete flexes his muscles.

State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

2020 State Finals: Cancelled

As Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) and its local programs across the state continue to navigate a gradual return to activities, the organization has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State Poly Hockey and Unified Bowling Finals. The event, originally planned for November in the greater Lansing area, typically hosts more than 1,100 athletes, coaches and chaperones from nearly every county in Michigan.

Poly hockey and bowling fall within a high risk category due to the nature of their sports. With the safety of SOMI’s athletes, volunteers and spectators in mind, holding a large-scale, in-person event at this time is not feasible. While this decision is disappointing, SOMI is currently offering various smaller-scale, in-person training opportunities for its athletes in addition to various virtual, at-home training options.

A Special Olympics Michigan figure skater reaches to the sky while the crowd cheers

State Winter Games

January 26-29, 2021 in the greater Grand Traverse region

Approximately 900 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating. Events take place in the greater Grand Traverse area.

A Special Olympics Michigan athlete tries to take a shot over top two defenders

District Basketball

March 7, 2020 at various locations

Approximately 1,800 athletes and 350 coaches/chaperones participate in the district basketball tournament each year. The district basketball tournament is the qualifying tournament for the State Basketball Finals.

A Special Olympics Michigan basketball player looks to drive to the basket

State Basketball Finals: Cancelled

Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, and from the Guidance of Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Michigan has made the difficult decision to cancel the State Basketball Finals scheduled for March 20-21, 2020 at Calvin University in Grand Rapids

Two female athletes run to the finish line on the track.

State Summer Games: Postponed

Postponed until 2021

Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, and from the Guidance of Special Olympics International (SOI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) has made the decision to postpone the State Summer Games until 2021.

SOMI athletes on a burnt yellow background with the words "Virtual Summer Games"

Virtual Summer Games

July 19-25 Online

Special Olympics Michigan’s Virtual Summer Games presented by SpartanNash is a week-long, first-of-its-kind event giving thousands of athletes across the state a new way to train and compete amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Virtual Summer Games will give hope, joy, and an opportunity for our state to celebrate the athletes they love and join together in support of a vision for an inclusive Michigan.

Virtual Fall Games: October 4-6

Virtual Fall Games

October 4-6 Online

Special Olympics Michigan’s Virtual Fall Games presented by Real Estate One Charitable Foundation is a first-of-its-kind event giving thousands of athletes across the state a new way to train and compete amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Virtual Fall Games features 12 sporting events including bocce, cycling, golf, softball and fitness.