Getting involved with Area 23

Area 23 athlete Kyle Siarto at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.

Area 23 services all of Wayne County (excluding Detroit) and provides year-round sports training to over 774 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Area 23 helps athletes to improve their fitness, learn new sport skills, and experience the joy of winning through competition and training.

Area 23 consists of 16 local groups (please see Area 23 Local Coordinators), each local providing the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, travel and enjoy social events with other Special Olympic athletes and volunteers. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-esteem and discipline, which carry over into school, home and the workplace.

Area 23 is very proud of its exceptional family support! Families play an integral role in the success of the overall Special Olympics organization. Family members make it possible for the athletes to be a part of Special Olympics by encouraging them in their training efforts and sharing their achievements.

Area 23 would not be what it is without the help and support of our wonderful volunteers. The smile on an athlete's face; the fact that an athlete got the ball in the net; a new friend that an athlete made, the surge of confidence that the athlete feels at the finish line; these athletic achievements are possible because of every person that volunteers along the way, every person who gives something from his or her gifts to support the athlete's goals. During all of our local events (please see Upcoming Events) volunteers are needed to fulfill the roles of scorekeeper, referee, set-up/clean-up crew and food server.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering in any capacity with Area 23 - Wayne County, please contact Terry Jobbitt at

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view all of our upcoming Area 23 events.