The former South Christian High School campus will soon be transformed. Special Olympics Michigan announced it’s purchased the campus and will transform it into the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports and Inclusion Center.
Located on 68th Street in Bryon Township, the new center will serve as a training facility for Special Olympics Michigan’s four regions and 36 areas throughout the state. Officials say emphasis will be placed on unified sports and health and wellness programs, including nutrition and preventative care. The development of these programs, they say, will then be modeled and shared more broadly throughout the state.
In a news release, Timothy Hileman, president & CEO, Special Olympics Michigan says of the purchase, “Not only will it help to foster the very integration and inclusion we seek to bring our athletes in West Michigan, it will also allow us the opportunity to serve athletes throughout the entire state of Michigan.”
The 127,000 square foot building was built in 1953 and renovated in 1991. It features two gyms and a 735-seat auditorium, and is situated on 17 acres, including three sports fields
Initial design concepts are currently being considered for potential changes to the facility. Upon completion, the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center will be the world’s largest Special Olympics Facility to date.