Special Olympics

Special Olympics Michigan: State Winter Games underway in Traverse City

Feb 1, 2019

Over 900 athletes will participate in this year’s Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games, and for Kent County resident Kayla Cornell, this year marks the 17th year she will compete. She says, not only does the State Winter Games allow for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in a variety of Olympic-type sports, but it also gives athletes a sense of belonging.

“For a lot of these athletes, this is their place they can come and be themselves. No one judges them and they can just be themselves and relax and have fun.”

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Michigan residents will be able to voluntarily donate a portion of their state tax return to the American Red Cross and the financial literacy organization Junior Achievement under new laws.

The most recent form included income tax check-offs for eight funds benefiting the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan, the Special Olympics, the United Way and other causes.

Nearly $600,000 was raised in the 2014 tax year.