The mission of DPSCD Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities in our ESE programs.
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. The athletes achieve their dreams with the support of caring volunteers, coaches, family members and DPSCD staff.
We have the largest Unified Champion Schools program in the State of Michigan. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools brings together students with and without disabilities through education, sports and youth leadership to provide them with the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity.
We provide programs for students of all ages including our youngest athletes. We provide programs to introduce basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing as well as elite level competition for qualifying athletes. Students learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning, and social emotional wellness. Our programs support the students by promoting healthy choices and wellness through education and resources both in competition and outside.