Special Olympics Michigan Reacting to Proposed $18 Million Budget Cut

The proposed budget for the U.S. Education Department would cut $18 million from Special Olympics, which isn’t sitting well with the Michigan organization.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the cuts on Capitol Hill Tuesday saying they had to make some difficult decisions with this budget.

Special Olympics is in the federal budget through the Department of Education.

Special Olympics Michigan has been receiving $200,000 for the past 10 years.

That money usually helps fund and run the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Champions Schools Program, which 350 schools in Michigan have taken part in.

“Would it make or break Special Olympics Michigan, no, we’ll still be here. We’ll still be providing many experiences, sports, health programs for all of our athletes, but will we be able to do that to the level that our schools are a custom to and the children with or without intellectual disabilities in Michigan deserve, no,” says Aaron Mills, senior director of Marketing and Communications for Special Olympics Michigan.

DeVos’s budget is unlikely to make it through Congress as is.