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North America has over half a million athletes participating in all 32 sports offered by Special Olympics.  It is home to athletes from Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.  Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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August 03, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified Participant Runs in Her Sister’s Memory

By Jill Hammergren

Each athlete at World Games had personal reasons for participating, but for Pamela King, she did it to honor the memory of her sister, Kristol, who died two years ago at the age of 20.View Story Each athlete at World Games had personal reasons for participating, but for Pamela King, she did it to honor the memory of her sister, Kristol, who died two years ago at the age of 20. “My sister had special needs. She had Downs Syndrome, Autism and Epilepsy. When she died, I decided that I would do what I could to keep her memory alive,” said King, who works for one of Special Olympics sponsors, Kaiser Permanente. “When I started working for Kaiser and they learned about my sister, they asked me to find 15 athletes to ride on the Rose Parade float and then I started coaching track and soccer for the Glendale Special Olympics teams.” King decided that she would take part in the half marathon at the World Games. She ran with her sister’s picture pinned to her t-shirt. “I cried through much of the race,” said King, “every time I hurt I thought of everything that my sister went through and kept telling myself I am going to finish the race. She’s the reason I got I got through it."

About Jill Hammergren:I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics International communications team at World Games.
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August 01, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Golfer Posts Personal Best and Special Olympics Record

By Jill Hammergren

Scott Rohrer of Special Olympics Team USA was in the zone this week at golf. After his four-day tournament, he posted a total score of 276, or 12 under par, a new personal best and the lowest any Special Olympics golfer has finished for a World Games event.View Story Scott Rohrer of Special Olympics Team USA was in the zone this week at golf. After his four-day tournament, he posted a total score of 276, or 12 under par, a new personal best and the lowest any Special Olympics golfer has finished for a World Games event. This is 39 shots better than the previous low at a World Games event. “It was awesome and wild to shoot the record. It blew me away,” Rohrer said. He started playing golf 19 years ago. Now he beats his Dad on a regular basis. Scott’s favorite pro golfers are Jordan Speith and Tiger Woods. He’s met both of them and played with Jordan two times. “Special Olympics has changed my life dramatically,” Rohrer said, “and this participating in the World Games, is definitely in my top five experiences.” The other four include playing at Congressional, playing Sherwood, and participating in national game events in Nebraska and New Jersey.

About Jill Hammergren:I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics communications team
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August 01, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Watch the birdie! Unified Sports Experience - Badminton

By Karl Hejlik

Olympic champions Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan and Apolo Ohno traded their ice skates for shuttlecocks at World Games as they teamed up with Special Olympics badminton players to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience.View Story Olympic champions Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan and Apolo Ohno traded their ice skates for shuttlecocks at World Games as they teamed up with Special Olympics badminton players to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience. Unified Sports Experiences bring together athletes with disabilities and without, and are designed to help foster a relationship of respect, acceptance and camaraderie among all participants, who play side by side and share their love of sport. “The Unified Sports Experience is so powerful because it is about the pure love of sport, unadorned,” said Ohno, an American short-track speed skating competitor and Special Olympics Global Ambassador who has won eight Olympic medals. Ohno was paired on a doubles team with Filipino badminton athlete, Filbert Canete. They were challenged by a team comprised of Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell and her partner, Danish Special Olympics athlete Rie

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July 29, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Michigan Powerlifting Champion Excels at World Games

By Brian Smith

U.S. powerlifters had a good day in the gym Tuesday, picking up silver and gold medals for squats, bench press and dead lift. The competition took place on Day 3 of competition at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles. U.S. teammates Chevi Peters and Benjamin Bednarz traded placView Story U.S. powerlifters had a good day in the gym Tuesday, picking up silver and gold medals for squats, bench press and dead lift. The competition took place on Day 3 of competition at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles. U.S. teammates Chevi Peters and Benjamin Bednarz traded places on the podium during the award ceremony – Peters picking up gold in squats and dead lift, while Bednarz scored gold in bench press. Peters was awarded the gold medal for overall performance in the three disciplines. Benjamin Bednarz was particularly happy that the medals were awarded by professional wrestler Mark Henry, WWE’s goodwill ambassador to the World Games. Still pumped from the competition, where he bench-pressed 320 lbs – just shy of his personal best – Bednarz said he was thrilled to be making his first trip to LA, and hoped there would be time for a trip to Disneyland while his family is here. Bednarz, 28, is from Canton, MI.

About Brian Smith:I am volunteering with the Special Olympics team in Los Angeles.
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July 26, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Historic Opening to World Games 2015

By Christy White

More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the GamesView Story More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games, these Games are the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics and mark the return of the Special Olympics Summer Games to United States after 16 years.Athletes, coaches, officials, family members, volunteers and fans were treated to a star studded opening ceremonies that electrified the LA Memorial Coliseum headlined by Stevie Wonder and included performances by Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, J Balvin, Becky G, Cassadee Pope and 'Reach Up LA' theme song creator Siedah Garrett. Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen directed the show. Stars from TV, film and sports also made appearances including Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Colin Farrel and Jamal Charles.An amazing night for everyone!

About Christy White:Director, Global Media and Public Relations
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Aug 3, 2015
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Olympics of Golf Benefit

Pine Trace Golf Club invites you to join us for an unforgettable evening of Special Olympics of Golf competition. Pine Trace will host our 24th Annual Special Olympics for Golf Benefit. Our Olympic competition engages our athletes in six thrilling golf skills events. Athletes are scored on total points which brings us to the most exciting awards presentation in which you can participate. It is a rare and unique experience to share the joy of watching your contribution at work. Interested in sponsoring this event? Interested in attending this event? Please use the contact information below.
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Colleen Moebus
Email: colleen.moebus@pinetrace.com
Phone: 248-852-7100
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Pine Trace Golf Club
3600 Pine Trace Blvd

Rochester Hills, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 4, 2015

Equestrian Competition

Join us August 4th at Arthur County Fair Grounds in Arthur, Nebraska as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Nebraska
Phone: 402-331-5545
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Arthur County Fair Grounds
Arthur, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Aug 4, 2015

State Golf Tournament

Join us august 4th in Barrington, New Hampshire as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics New Hampshire
Phone: 603-624-1250
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Barrington, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

Aug 8, 2015

State Golf Tournament

Join us August 8th at Pregman Park in Wallingford, Connecticut as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Phone: 203-230-1201
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Pregman Park
Wallingford, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Aug 8, 2015

State Softball Tournament

Join us August 8th in Keene, New Hampshire as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics New Hampshire
Phone: 603-624-1250
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Keene, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

Aug 8, 2015

Softball Divisioning Tournament

Join us August 8th at Pregman Park in Wallingford, Connecticut as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Phone: 203-230-1201
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Pregman Park
Wallingford, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Aug 8, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Northern Region Cycling Competition

Join us on August 8th in at Grayling High School in Grayling, Michigan as our athletes compete in day of cycling competition. Hope to see you there!
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Grayling High School
1135 North Old 27

Grayling, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 9, 2015
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Area 22 Softball Tournament

Join Area 22 (Saginaw and Shiawassee Counties) for an 8-team softball tournament at the Owosso Softball Fields on August 9. There will be two fields and first and second place winners will get trophies. The first place winners will potentially play under the lights as well. Admission is free for spectators. If you're interested in signing up your team, use the contact information below.
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Dan Tomlinson
Email: dtomlinson@indiantrails.com
Phone: 989-494-9161
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Owosso Softball Fields
Owosso, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 9, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

LAKE EFFECT Music Festival

Bostwick Lake Congregational Church is happy to be aligned with Special Olympics of West MI, Area 11. The local church is directing all their fundraising efforts from the popular music festival LAKE EFFECT to support Special Olympics, who provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and giving them the ability to demonstrate courage and experience joy. LAKE EFFECT: A Festival of Music presents family friendly classic and current hit music by the high energy band Round Brown Suitcase from 12:30 to 3:30 on Sunday August 9th, 2015. Round Brown Suitcase is a high energy cover band guaranteed to keep your party rolling! They play classic favorites the way you remember them along with current hits that will entertain young and old alike. Round Brown Suitcase features great lead vocals and harmonies, faithful recreations of guitar lines and synth parts, and danceable groves. The band currently performs for corporate and public events. Check out one of their performances locally and visit their website at roundbrownsuitcase.com. Back for its 6th year, LAKE EFFECT has raised funds for Habitat for Humanity and North Kent Community Services in the past. The event itself is free, but all donations and proceeds from food sales go to benefit Special Olympics of West MI, Area 11. Food sales begin at noon and continue until 3:30. The music runs from 12:30 to 3:30 rain or shine. There will be tents and trees for shade. Bring your own lawn chair. Free Parking.
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Lisa Atchison
Email: lisa-atchison@sbcglobal.net
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Bostwick Lake Congregational Church
7979 Belding Road

Rockford, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 13, 2015

Unified Sports Golf Tournament

Join us August 13th in Douglas, Wyoming as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Wyoming
Phone: 307-235-3062
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Douglas, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

Aug 14, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

10th Annual Special Olympics Duffers Association Classic

The 10th Annual SODA (Special Olympics Duffers Association) will be held on Friday, August 14th, 2015. This annual event raises money for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. Fee includes green fee, cart, lunch, dinner and player bag. There will be a silent auction as well as raffles and games. There are several sponsorship opportunities available as well. The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes. Thousands of Michigan volunteers contribute their time, energy and expertise to make the Special Olympics Michigan program a reality. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members, on-site volunteers at competitions, and in many other capacities. You can join the Special Olympics Michigan team as a volunteer, athlete, or donate by visiting our website at www.somi.org or by calling (800)644-6404. We look forward to seeing you at Riverwood Resort on August 14th!
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Kelly Berryhill
Email: berry1km@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3911
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Riverwood Resort
1313 East Broomfield Rd.

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 15, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Area 22 Golf Outing

Area 22 will be having a Golf outing on August 15 at Pine Hills Golf Course in Laingsburg. Each foursome must have an athlete on the team and if you cannot find an athlete to golf with, the area will have athletes there to put on your team. The cost is $30 per person. To register, contact Dan Tomlinson at 989-494-9161 or dtomlinson@indiantrails.com.
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Dan Tomlinson
Email: dtomlinson@indiantrails.com
Phone: 989-494-9161
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Pine Hills Golf Course
Laingsburg, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 15, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Southwest Regional Softball Tournament

Join us on August 15th at Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, Michigan for a day of softball competition. This annual event features teams from across the Southwest Region competing in Traditional, Unified and Coach Pitch Divisions. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 am with first pitch scheduled for 9:00 am.
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Nick
Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone: 616-583-1202
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Art Van Sports Complex
3300 10 Mile Rd.

Rockford, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 15 - 16 2015

Equestrian Competition

Join us August 15-16 at Winton Woods Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio as our as athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Ohio
Phone: 614-239-7050
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Winton Woods Academy
Cincinnati, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Aug 15, 2015

Northeast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 15th in Watertown, South Dakota as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone: 605-331-4117
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Watertown, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Aug 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Softball

Join us on August 17th for a softball coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Kellie Murphy at murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Kellie Murphy
Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 18, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 18th for a soccer coaches training. The venue is to be to be determined. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Kellie Murphy at murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Kellie Murphy
Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 20, 2015

Tennis Individual Skills Competition

Join us August 20th at Midcoast Recreational Center in Rockport, Maine as our as athletes compete and show their skill in tennis competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Midcoast Recreational Center
Rockport, Maine
UNITED STATES

Aug 22, 2015

Southaast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Sherman Park
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Aug 22, 2015

Regional Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Drake Park in West Bloomfield, Michigan as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Ted Stern
Email: tstern9191@gmail.com
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Drake Park
6801 Drake Rd.

West Bloomfield, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 22, 2015

Black Hills Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Star of the West in Rapid City, South Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone: 605-331-4117
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Star of the West
Rapid City, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Aug 22, 2015

Southeast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone: 605-331-4117
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Sherman Park
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Aug 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 24th for a soccer coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Kellie Murphy at murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Kellie Murphy
Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, MIchigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 28 - 29 2015

Kansas City - District Softball

Join us August 28-29 at the Frank White Sports Complex in Lees Summit, Missouri as our athletes will participate in two days of softball competition. Game play will begin at 6 p.m., August 28th and end at 5:00pm on August 29th. Come and cheer on our athlete and witness the power of sport.
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Susan Shaffer
Email: shaffer@somo.org
Phone: 573-635-1660
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Frank White Sports Complex
Lees Summit, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Aug 29, 2015
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Piggy Bank Classic Golf Outing

Join us for the 2nd annual Piggy Bank Classic golf outing at Gleneagle Golf Club in Hudsonville on Saturday, August 29. This four-person scramble tees off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Prized will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place teams as well as closest to the pin, and longest drive for men and women. There will also be a skins game, mulligans for purchase, a 50/50 raffle and other prizes. The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes 18 holes with lunch afterwards. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Michigan. To register, call or email Ben Butler at (616) 828-3682 or bbutler1976@gmail.com.
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Ben Butler
Email: bbutler1976@gmail.com
Phone: 616-828-3682
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Gleneagle Golf Club
6150 14th Avenue

Hudsonville, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 30, 2015
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bikes & Cards for the Plymouth Canton Stars

We are having a charity car show to raise funds to support our Special Olympic Plymouth-Canton Stars athletes! This exciting charity event will have food, basket raffles, 50/50 drawings, live entertainment, trophies, a kids table and fun for the whole family! Your donation will support the amazing Special Olympic athletes of Plymouth-Canton for training and competition in the following sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Floor (Poly) Hockey, Powerlifting, Softball, Swimming, Soccer and Track and Field. You can support in several ways: Donated items for raffle. Donated items for silent auction. Cash, check, credit donations online. Food Donations. Goodie bag items: ie: Keychains, Coupons, Logo Merchandise etc. Enter your Car,Truck, Van or Motorcycle $15.00 in advance $20.00 at the show. Visit our online site for registration, donations and tickets!
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Register here
Debbie Cross
Email: BikesandCars4PCStars@yahoo.com
Phone: 734-732-9325
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Plymouth Elks Lodge
41700 Ann Arbor Rd

Plymouth, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 4, 2015

State Golf Championships

Join us September 4th at Disney's Palm and Oak Trail in Windermere, Florida as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Florida
Phone: 352-243-9536
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Disney's Palm and Oak Trail
Windermere, Florida
UNITED STATES

Sep 5, 2015

Individual Golf Skills

Join us September 5th in Skowhegan, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Loon's Cove Golf Course
Skowhegan, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 8, 2015

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us September 8th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in Unified golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 12 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Bocce & Golf Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination in bocce and golf competition. This event will be held on September 11th at Boulder Creek Golf Course in Bessemer, Michigan. Dinner, opening ceremonies and the dance on Friday with competition on Saturday. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Barb Siira
Email: Area39@somi.org
Phone: 906-229-5168
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Boulder Creek Golf Course
N11868 Heron Lane

Bessemer, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 12 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 11-12 in Clovis, New Mexico as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics New Mexico
Phone: 505-856-0342
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Clovis, New Mexico
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 13 2015

Surfing Championship & SUP Invitational

Join us September 11-13 in Cocoa Beach, Florida as our athletes compete and show their skill in stand up paddle board competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Florida
Phone: 352-243-9536
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 13 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 12-13 in Grand Forks, North Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics North Dakota
Phone: 701-746-0331
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015

State Softball Tournament

Join us September 12th in Toledo, Ohio as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Ohio
Phone: 614-239-7050
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Toledo, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 12th at Kraft Meadows Middle School in Caledonia, Michigan. This event features athletes from across Michigan's Southwest Region competing in 5 on 5, 7 on 7 and Unified Divisions. Opening Ceremonies kick off at 8:30 am with competition to follow beginning at 9:00 am.
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Nick Caudle
Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone: 616-583-1202
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Kraft Meadows Middle School
9230 Kraft Ave. SE

Caledonia, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allegan Community Run

The Allegan Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 12th. The Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration before August 6th is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. After August 6th registration is $30.00 This is a timed 5K race. Epic Race Timing will be providing the race timing.
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Kim Thorington
Email: kthorington@allegancounty.org
Phone: 616-218-2596
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Allegan Sports Complex
Allegan, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Munising Community Run

The Munising Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will happen on September 12, 2015. This is a run/walk event starting at Anytime Fitness, 601 W. Munising Ave. Munising, MI 49862 (tours of the gym will be available). The route is a scenic 2.5 miles through Munising. All participants will end at Shooters Firehouse Lounge at noon where Fire Brick Oven Pizza's will be available to purchase, provided by The Cooking Carberrys. Call Carla White for any questions at 517-937-6492 or whitec11@michigan.gov. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.; Walkers will start at 11:30 a.m.; Runners will start at 12:00 p.m. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for over 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
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Carla White
Email: WhiteC11@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-937-6492
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Anytime Fitness
601 W. Munising Ave

Munising, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Allegan Torch Run

The Allegan Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 12th. The Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration before August 12th is $25.00. After August 12th registration is $30.00. Registration fee includes a dri fit t-shirt. Please note the dri fit tend to run a little larger. Children 16 years and younger pay $12. Youth size cotton shirts will be available. This is a timed 5K race. Epic Race Timing will be providing the race timing. For more information please visit: www.allegantorchrun.com. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Saturday morning to support these Special Olympians.
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Kim Thorington
Email: kthorington@allegancounty.org
Phone: 616-218-2596
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Allegan Sports Complex
524 Marshall St

Allegan , Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015

Individual 9-Hole Golf Competition

Join us September 12th at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Martindale Country Club
Auburn, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hillsdale Community Run

This is a 3.1 mile run starting at Courthouse Square and ending at the Hillsdale County ISD - Greenfield School. Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. The registration includes a dri fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan's Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan's Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan's Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
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John Gates
Email: dephcsd25@gmail.com
Phone: 517-206-7212
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Courthouse Square
Hillsdale, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

West Branch Community Run

The West Branch Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 13th. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Run will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the jail on M-55/M-30 intersection on the west end of town. Runners will run though town and end up at McDonalds out at the business loop/I-75 on the south end of town. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Howie Hanft
Email: ogemawsheriff@ogsh.org
Phone: 989-312-0973
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Intersection of M-55/M-30
West Branch, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Northern Region Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 13 at the Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields in Roscommon, Michigan as our athletes compete in the all-day Soccer Tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 13th in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Kansas
Phone: 913-236-9290
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Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 13th at Grand Island in Fonner Park, Nebraska as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Nebraska
Phone: 402-331-5545
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Grand Island
Fonner Park, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015

Northern Maine Soccer Tourney

Join us September 14th at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Northern Maine Community College
Presque Isle, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Traverse City Community Run

The Traverse City Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th. The Run will start in the parking lot of US 31 and Cass Ave. This is a 5k race. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the run starts at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. For questions about the race contact Carrie Chase at cchase@grandtraverse.org or 231-342-1544 or Jennifer Strange at strangej@michigan.gov. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Sunday evening to support these Special Olympians.
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Carrie Chase
Email: cchase@grandtraverse.org
Phone: 231-342-1544
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Cass Public Parking Lot
Traverse City, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Manistee Community Run

The Manistee Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th at 9:00 a.m. This is a 1.5 mile run from Manistee City PD to 1st Street at the Beach Lions pavilion. A light breakfast and drinks will be available at the pavilion. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Greg Hubers
Email: hubersg@michigan.gov
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Manistee City PD
Manistee, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ludington Community Run

The Ludington Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Tami Ledger
Phone: 231-843-3475
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City Park band shelter
Lewis St.

Ludington, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 15, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Muskegon Community Run

This is a 5k Timed Race and untimed 1k Fun Run/Walk at Fricanos. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. Race starts at 6:00 p.m. The registration includes a dri fit t-shirt. Register at itsyourrace.com! Registration details: 5K:$25 includes a dri fit shirt before 7/31 ($27 after 8/1); $30 day of race (shirts available while supplies last); 1 mile Fun Run/Walk: $15 includes a dri fit shirt before 7/31 ($17 after 8/1); $18 day of race (shirt available while supplies last). Once registered you have the option to raise additional funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. To create a fundraising page, please visit www.firstgiving.com/somi/Muskegon.
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Ivy Horton
Email: MkgFunRun@gmail.com
Phone: 231-798-5417
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Fricano's Muskegon Lake
1050 West Western

Muskegon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 15, 2015
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Aplena Community Run

The Alpena Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 15, 2015. The 5K Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Duck Lake and will end at Southside Fire Station. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Ashley Simpson
Email: simpsonA4@michigan.gov
Phone: 989-354-4101
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Duck Park
Alpena, Michigan
UNITED STATES


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