Mount Pleasant and CMU's campus were buzzing this past weekend as thousands of Special Olympics Michigan athletes, coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators came together for the annual State Summer Games.
More than 2,800 athletes from all over the state competed in 10 different sporting events at venues throughout campus. Together, the athletes earned nearly 4,500 gold, silver and bronze medals.
Athletic competition was not the only thing athletes enjoyed at the State Summer Games. They participated in opening and closing ceremonies, an athlete dance, canoe trips, a slip and slide, arts and crafts programs, celebrity autograph signing, and much more. Free health screenings also were administered to 1,500 athletes at the Healthy Athletes Village.
For many of these athletes, the State Summer Games also is a chance to catch up with friends they met at previous Special Olympics events.
During these games, one Special Olympics Michigan power lifter and one volleyball team qualified for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be held in Los Angeles.
Hundreds of CMU faculty, staff, students and student-athletes took part in the games as volunteers again this year. CMU has been in partnership with Special Olympics Michigan for more than 40 years, with the organization's headquarters located on CMU's campus. The State Summer Games have been hosted at CMU since 1973.
Check out this
recap infographic of the games by Special Olympics Michigan.