The 2019 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games Have Officially Begun

The 2019 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games officially began Thursday in Mount Pleasant.

It is the 51st State Summer Games and it’s the 47th straight year the games have been held on Central Michigan University’s campus. 

Between Friday and Saturday, more than 3,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities will compete in 10 olympic-style sports.

Special Olympics Michigan athlete Jacqui Waalkes and law enforcement torch run executive council member Mark Uribe carried the flame of hope to light the cauldron, officially kicking off the games.

Admission is free.

Volunteers and spectators are welcomed.