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Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games return to CMU

| Author: Logan Pellegrom

After two years of mostly virtual competition, the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games are returning to the campus of Central Michigan University June 1-3.

The State Summer Games are the largest annual event for SOMI, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans to campus during the three-day event. This year marks the 53rd State Summer Games, 47 of which have taken place at CMU. Special Olympics Michigan has been headquartered in Mt. Pleasant since 1972.

Competition begins Wednesday, June 1 with Unified Sports events, which bring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team. Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, will feature traditional sports competitions. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes as spectators, and several opportunities remain for individuals wishing to volunteer. A complete event schedule is available on the SOMI website.

Special Olympics Michigan athletes pose for a photo on the awards stand during the 2019 State Summer Games.
Special Olympics Michigan athletes pose for a photo on the awards stand during the 2019 State Summer Games.