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Special Olympics, Michigan
Special Olympics Michigan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported almost entirely through corporate funding and individual gifts, without the support of state funds. All Special Olympics Michigan programs and activities are available at no cost to Michigan athletes or their families. The generosity of Michigan organizations, individuals, and statewide businesses enable the program to continue.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. As part of our restructuring plan, Special Olympics Michigan has organized our 37 areas into six functioning regions.
Special Olympics offers 32 Olympic-type summer and winter sports and holds nearly 50,000 competitions annually. Special Olympics serves more than 3.7 million athletes in 229 accredited programs in 170 countries worldwide.
Thousands of Michigan volunteers contribute their time, energy and expertise to make the Special Olympics Michigan programs a reality. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members, on-site volunteers at competitions, and in many other capacities. Coaches who work with Special Olympics Michigan athletes participate in training schools to learn the principles of coaching, update their knowledge of the sport, and acquire specific training techniques.
Special Olympics Michigan Fact Sheet (PDF)
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