Special Olympics Michigan, Area 18
The mission of our organization is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for the children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in St. Joseph and Branch Counties. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The athletes are young and old. They have different backgrounds and hometowns. Some are gifted athletes; others must work very hard just to reach the finish line. Over 12,400 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs, with over 100 participating in Area 18. Michigan has one of the largest programs in the U.S., but we’re always looking for more athletes!
Although sports is the “vehicle,” the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports–it’s training for life!
Area 18 offers the following sports in our year-round program:
- Cross Country Skiing
- Motor Activities
- Poly Hockey
- Track & Field.
For more information on Special Olympics for St. Joseph and Branch Counties, please contact Trudy Camp, Physical Education Teacher.