Each year, nearly 23,000 Michigan Special Olympians compete in 24 sporting categories in activities across the state. Making these events happen is no small feat, but with support from more than 3,500 volunteers and 3,200 certified coaches, Special Olympics of Michigan – including Special Olympics Area 16 representing Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties – fulfills its mission to provide year-round training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
At a recent Area 16 track event in Parchment, Michigan, Kreis Enderle attorneys and staff, led by Robb Krueger and Thomas Cedoz, volunteered as starting line cheerleaders, timekeepers, and event coordinators, helping athletes stay true to their Special Olympics oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
One highlight of the meet was the appearance of Kalamazoo’s Julian Borst, the first Special Olympics Michigan athlete to complete the Boston Marathon. Julian ran in the world’s oldest marathon on April 15, 2019, and competed in the 800-meter race in Parchment.
We had a lot of fun motivating the athletes before their events, and we were proud to play our small part in this great community event.