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November 8, 2010

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November 8, 2010

After 15 years being involved with Special Olympics Michigan I can truely say I have seen lives changed by Special Olympics. Be it the health screenings offered at state events or the experiences the athletes gain through competition, Special Olympics Michigan is making a BIG difference in the community. Special Olympics is much more than a track meet or a sporting event! We bring communities together and foster an attitude of helping each other and acceptance. Very few things can shift your focus away from yourself and towards others like volunteering for Special Olympics can. Try it once and you are hooked! Special Olympics Michigan truely is "Changing Lives!"

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the way preceptions are changed and communities are affected. Everyone comes together for a common cause and give of themselves for the good of others.

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spread the word more. Special Olympics is more than a sporting event!

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

I have been involved with Michigan Special Olympics for over 20 years. My experience with athletes has made my life fulfilling, and constantly reminds me of what is important. Special Olympics Michigan impacts the lives of thousands of people. Our athletes learn courage, confidence, and get a sense of accomplishment. Our volunteers are enriched through helping others in a way that truly improves the lives of others. The SOMI organization is dedicated to providing outstanding programs for our athletes and rewarding experiences for volunteers. In a state that is strugging so much with quality of life, Special Olympics reminds us of what is important. It reinforces the value that we ALL have, and the difference we can make to builds a better community.

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Helping athletes meet their potential and helping volunteers enagage in meaningful community growth.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more athletes to our programs!

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

Special Olympics Michigan serves over 18,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. The athletes have over 400 opportunities to compete within their area or region of the state. In addition there are six state level competitions held throughout the year. Each of these opportunities give the athletes a chance to gain self confidence, experience joy from their success and the success of their teamates and friends.

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Program events as well as fundraisers for the organization.

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Try to find more sources of revenue so more programming opportunites can be done.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I have been involved in some aspect of Special Olympics since 1969. I have seen it grow from a small program of a handful of athletes to over 900 athletes. Special Olympics changes lives not just the athletes but the families and volunteers as well. It is exciting to observe families cheering for their sons and daughters just like they cheer for their other children. In many cases the tears come, because families never thought they would see the day when their son or daughter would be involved in competition like other athletes. The athletes have purpose, build skills, increase social skills and self. confidence, and have a great deal of joy in participating. My joy also comes through participation. It's a win situation for all of us.

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I have received satisfaction in knowing that I have helped to make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes in their skills, their joy, and self confidence.

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I would invent a way in which we wouldn't have to fundraise.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I have been involved in some aspect of Special Olympics since 1969. I have seen it grow from a small program of a handful of athletes to over 900 athletes. Special Olympics changes lives not just the athletes but the families and volunteers as well. It is exciting to observe families cheering for their sons and daughters just like they cheer for their other children. In many cases the tears come, because families never thought they would see the day when their son or daughter would be involved in competition like other athletes. The athletes have purpose, build skills, increase social skills and self. confidence, and have a great deal of joy in participating. My joy also comes through participation. It's a win situation for all of us.

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I have received satisfaction in knowing that I have helped to make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes in their skills, their joy, and self confidence.

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I would invent a way in which we wouldn't have to fundraise.

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I am a athlete. when I joined Special Olympics I weighed almost 300lbs and ever since I joined it, I have lost over116+lbs. I went from a D&E student to a A&B student, I graduated in 2007 from high school with honors!

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great and needs to keep up the good work!

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do not a thing!

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I have volunteered for 35 years starting in high school and have been hooked ever since. I am proud to say I have been a part of the movement. I went to the first winter games as a college stundent at CMU. It is amazing to see how far Special Olympics Michigan has grown throughout the years. We use to borrow equipment now most areas have their own equipment. Now I work on staff and have a great respect for the talents of our athletes. We all have disabilities, some show and some don't. All I can say is if you haven't volunteered for Special Olympics the only one missing out it you! The athletes give back way more than we can give them in a lifetime.

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The athletes touch your heart and you are a better person for being part of the movement.

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We are always making changes to better the movement!

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

26 years I had my "mistake"of saying "do you guys need some help?"...26 years later I am still gladly volunteering for this wonderful organization. The friends that my family has made are lifelong...and the experiences we have shared will be treasured forever.

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Special Olympics MI has been a major part of this growth at both the Area level and State level for me. From starting as a volunteer to chaperone to coach to Management Team member and now as Area Director, they continue to work with the volunteers to help with continuing opportunities for training and growth.

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there are always ways to improve and we are constantly discussing and seeking ways to do that.

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

I have been volunteering for Special Olympics Michigan for the past 38 years, There is good cooperation all around. SOMI has made me a stonger, more unified body, and I have grown in my knowledge. I am particularly impressed with the interaction of the athletes.

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Professional and positive volunteering experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change training sessions to free training sessions

October 20, 2010

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October 20, 2010

My son and I volunteered at the speical olympics for the first time this year. I can say with my whole heart that this was the best volunteer experience that I have ever had and glad that it was my son's first experience in a volunteer role. The staff was wonderful, they took time to talk to all the volunteers, thanked them for their time and made each experience personal. The event itself was great! I was surprized to see how many athletes were out for the event. my son learned a lot about the athletes and even made a couple friends. This is a great way for these kids to learn about success and failure. It is a great place for kids to play who might not have a fair opportunity to compete in other youth leagues. Wonderful program and wonderful people!! I am very proud to have been part of this event!

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Communication is a little tough. I was sent to the wrong place at first but once I was in the right place all as well and good directions were given.

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