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Sandy Hodges remembers watching the Special Olympics Summer Games when she was a student at Central Michigan University.A 1978 alumna, Hodges said the games were smaller when they first started and were held at Finch Fieldhouse.Today, dozens of volleyball teams packed into the Student Activity Center for the division volleyball tournament of the 2015 Summer Games.
What do they do all year long? -Five big tournaments-Coordinate Polar Plunges-How many people work for SOMI?-Relationship between CMU and SOMIHistory contact: CEO Lois Arnold (989) 774-7198Chief Program Officer Ann Guzdzial (989) 774-7197
More than 2,600 Special Olympians marched into Kelly/Shorts Stadium today for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Summer Games.Accompanied by nearly 1,000 chaperones and coaches, the athletes were greeted with high fives and cheers from volunteers and members of the community. Chief executive officer and president of Special Olympics Michigan Lois Arnold greeted the athletes."You are no longer on the sidelines, you are now on the field," she said.Arnold also congratulated the volleyball team and power lifter that will compete in the World Games in Los Angeles on July 25.
Two years ago Amal Eabalre was told by her doctor she was unable to play in the Special Olympic Games, today Eabalre proved her doctor wrong by participating in not just one, but four Special Olympic Games. Eabalre is just one of hundreds of special olympians that played bocce ball today at Central Michigan University's Field Hockey Field.
For five days, Donna Smith will endure a brutal, 450-mile jet ski ride, fighting the 12-foot waves of Lake Huron to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. A Central Michigan University alumna, Smith has participated in the ride for the past 14 years.
Ben Wrubel had a passion working with the Special Olympics, but he never expected it to grow this big.
Keeping athletes healthy is only one of the many goals of the Healthy Athletes program within Special Olympics.Healthy Athletes provides free health screenings for Special Olympics athletes throughout the year at events across the state.
Mount Pleasant Police Department Chief and Division of Public Safety Director Glenn Feldhauser led a discussion on behavior in mostly student-populated neighborhood M-2 during the City Commission's work session Tuesday. The M2 district holds a majority of near-campus student housing, including house or apartments converted to fit three to six people. Feldhauser pointed out the department's primary concerns, which could be split into two categories: nuisance parties and neighborhood appearance, including trash, parking, furniture and tall grass. In 2014, the department collected data on their diversion program, which offers those charged with misdemeanors an alternative to criminal court.
A Prescription Drug Drop Off event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. May 28 at the Isabella County Commission on Aging, located at 2200 South Lincoln Road.The drop off is an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of any outdated or unused prescription drugs in an effort to assist in the reduction of abuse and limiting access to prescription medications.
-How many athletes-How many teams-What's new this year-What are the planned highlights of the eventAaron Mills: firstname.lastname@example.org (989) 774-4393 (231) 620-7488CEO Lois Arnold (989) 774-7198 email@example.comVice Chair of SOMI board Juliet Dragos Board Chair Robert E.
Kilt-wearers big and small gathered this weekend at Alma College for the 48th annual Alma Highland Festival and Games. The event featured traditional Scottish country dancing, a Tartan parade and presentation of clans from across the U.S.
This weekend, Scottish clans and interested onlookers will get together for Highland dancing, bagpipes, kilts and camaraderie.To festival participants, Alma is known as "Scotland USA." The Highland Festival and Games, held at Alma College, takes place every Memorial Day weekend.
Summer has arrived in Michigan, and the season of festivals, concerts and fairs has begun. With the rising temperatures and high UV index, it's the best time of year to get outside and enjoy good company.
Several roads will be closed for construction of railroad approaches and crossing on Broomfield Road throughout May and early June.Eastbound Broomfield Road will be closed May 18-22.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Jim Holton is not a fan of roundabouts."I would rather take (the blueprint) and paper cut my eyeball than approve a roundabout down there," he said.Holton was referring to plans to construct a roundabout at Bellows and Washington streets.
A study done by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe showed there is still E. Coli present in the Chippewa River, presented by Water Quality Specialist Carey Pauquette at the May 11 City Commission meeting at City Hall. The annual water quality assessment showed the North Branch of the river has the highest presence of E.
Long-time comic book fans and curious newbies can enjoy the comic convention experience on Saturday with Free Comic Book Day events at the Hall of Heroes comic book shop.Held each year on the first weekend of May, the day acts as a celebration of the medium that brought Spiderman, The Avengers, Batman and Superman into our greater culture consciousness.
Just over year after being appointed as judge for the Mount Pleasant Trial Court, Eric Janes said he is honored to give back to the community he grew up in.
When she walks into the library to study, she has a friend check the entire floor to make sure her rapist isn't studying there too. Faye's complaint was filed with the Office of Student Conduct Jan.
Community residents gathered Sunday for the first annual child abuse and neglect prevention event, March to the Park: Ending Child Abuse. The event, hosted and run by the Child and Family Enrichment Council of Isabella County, CAFE, was held at the Broadway Theater in downtown Mount Pleasant and was open to the public.