Michigan Special Olympics begins summer games at CMU

CMU hosts Special Olympics from May 31-June 2


The Flame of Hope sits burning during the closing ceremony of the Michigan State Games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in this 2019 file photo.

The Special Olympics Summer Games kicked off Wednesday morning, May 31. Athletes were welcomed into Theunissen Stadium at Central Michigan University for unified sports day ceremonies and the first of many competitions, bocce ball. 

At the opening ceremony, one of the athletes led a recitation of the athlete’s oath: 

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Along with bocce ball, CMU is hosting the rest of the summer games for competitors around the state from through June 2, according to the Michigan Special Olympics website

Other sports represented include: 

  • General athletics
  • Bowling
  • Developmental athletics
  • Horseshoes
  • Gymnastics
  • Powerlifting
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking & Wheelchair
  • Weightlifting

A full schedule for the games is available here, and events are open for the public to watch and cheer for athletes.