At T.R. McTaggart, we pride ourselves in being community-minded. That’s why we support organizations like Special Olympics Michigan. The mission of this worthy organization is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Michigan has been part of the Special Olympics movement since 1968.
According to the organization, athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Caring volunteers, coaches, family members and staff all make this possible. Donations from Michigan citizens and businesses (like T.R. McTaggart) provide funding for the programs. In fact, we just had our 30th annual golf outing, which benefited Special Olympics Michigan. We are happy to share that we raised over $29,500 for the cause this year.
Speaking of programs, competitions are how the mission really comes alive. Athletes are placed into divisions based on age, gender and ability. Competitions take place at local, regional, state, national and world levels. Special Olympics also promotes athletes’ integration into society. For example, in the U.S., 52 percent of Special Olympics athletes are employed; approximately half of these athletes are “competitively employed” – employed alongside people without intellectual disabilities.
But that’s not all. The impact of this organization is significant. Consider these facts provided by the organization:
• 23,317 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan with programs provided at no cost to athletes or their families
• 24 sports are offered
• 6 state-level competitions, 4 district basketball tournaments and more than 600 competitions statewide
• More than 29,000 volunteers
• Special Olympics Michigan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported almost entirely through corporate funding and individual gifts
We are proud to partner with such an amazing organization. If you would like to get involved, there are plenty of ways to volunteer.