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Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Coming to State Fall GamesOlympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Coming to State Fall Games

Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are coming to the State Fall Games in September! Davis and White will be a part of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. » Full Story

An Unspoken BondAn Unspoken Bond

A year ago, Tate Levendoski and Leoudy Sosa didn't know each other or have a way to communicate with each other, but thanks to Project UNIFY and sign language websites, the two are now extremely close friends. » Full Story

Team Michigan’s Dreams About to Take FlightTeam Michigan’s Dreams About to Take Flight

On Saturday, June 14, 70 members of Special Olympics Team Michigan will take the first step in their journey to the Special Olympics USA Games, being hosted in New Jersey, June 14-21, thanks to the Citation Special Olympics Airlift. » Full Story

SpartanNash, SOMI celebrate 30 years of partnershipSpartanNash, SOMI celebrate 30 years of partnership

As part of the continued 30-year partnership celebration, members of the SpartanNash family were on hand for Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games on Thursday, May 29. SpartanNash representatives included SpartanNash Executive Vice President Ted Adornate; former Spartan Stores President & CEO Pat Quinn; and Frank VanderMeer, Ellen Bartz, Bob DeYoung and Kent Kohtz who have volunteered at every State Summer Games since 1985. » Full Story

Kalamazoo native named 2014 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the YearKalamazoo native named 2014 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year

Robert Malnight from Kalamazoo was awarded the “2014 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year” award on Thursday, May 29. The award was given to Robert during Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash in front of a crowd of 5,000 people at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. » Full Story

North Branch native named 2014 Special Olympics Michigan Inspirational Athlete of the YearNorth Branch native named 2014 Special Olympics Michigan Inspirational Athlete of the Year

Mary Bartel from North Branch was named the “2014 Special Olympics Michigan Inspirational Athlete of the Year” on Friday, May 30 in front of a crowd of 5,000 people at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The announcement was made during Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash. » Full Story

Volunteer aims to inspire athletesVolunteer aims to inspire athletes

Special Olympics would not exist today without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers. After having such a rewarding experience at the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash last year, Cheyenne Knox of Fenton knew she would be back again this year. » Full Story

White Cloud, Wakefield athletes crowned King and Queen of Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games!White Cloud, Wakefield athletes crowned King and Queen of Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games!

Thursday, May 30 was a day for celebration and smiles during Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games. Included in the celebration was the annual crowning of the King and Queen. Craig Graus of Whitecloud was crowned as King of the State Summer Games with Brittany Sordahl of Wakefield winning the honor of Queen. » Full Story

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Watch the State Fall Games promotional video!Watch the State Fall Games promotional video!

SOMI has produced a new promotional video for the 2014 State Fall Games. » Full Story

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Fundraiser August 8-17Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Fundraiser August 8-17

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Fundraiser runs August 8-17 in Lansing and Grand Rapids raising money for Special Olympics Michigan » Full Story

Why the Water Warriors rideWhy the Water Warriors ride

The Water Warriors are men and women from all walks of life who have two things in common; their love of water sports and their desire to help people. But why do they put themselves through a grueling 450-mile journey each year? » Full Story

Donor Spotlight on MassMutual SE MichiganDonor Spotlight on MassMutual SE Michigan

Donor Spotlight on MassMutual SE Michigan » Full Story

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