Special Olympics Michigan’s State Summer Games brought more than 2,800 athletes and 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators to Central Michigan University’s campus — the most since 2005. Competitions included aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, powerlifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training.
The event, which has been hosted on campus for more than 40 years, also engages hundreds of CMU faculty, staff, students, student-athletes and alumni as volunteers.
The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. The athletes achieve their dreams with the support of caring volunteers, coaches, family members and staff. Donations from Michigan citizens and businesses provide funding for the program.
For more information on the Special Olympics Michigan visit somi.org