Special Olympics

Special Olympics Area 6 spring games showcases local athletes, healthy competition, loving community

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Having fun with friends and competing at the highest level is what the Special Olympics is all about. The Special Olympics athlete oath even reads: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
During Friday’s Area 6 Spring Games, 120 athletes spanning all over Montcalm County and Ionia County gave their all in eight different events scattered around the front of the Greenville High School athletic complex encompassing Yellow Jacket Stadium, primarily, and some of Legacy Field.


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Who are you? Michael Huff of Greenville. I am an attorney for Padagis, one of the country’s leading providers of specialized generic pharmaceutical products.  I also serve as a member of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education.

The $100K plunge

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A record $106,400 raised for Special Olympics at Turk Lake Polar Plunge

Wearing a set of fairy wings and a pink wig loaned to him by his daughter, Jason Christensen brought smiles and laughs to those who watched as he stepped up to make a plunge into the icy waters of Turk Lake Saturday afternoon. 

However, as the Greenville resident prepared to partake in the annual Turk Lake Polar Plunge, he did so not with a goofy smile or comedic demeanor, but with tears welling up in his eyes. 

Icy adrenaline rush

Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises more than $83,000 for Special Olympics Michigan

About 130 people braved the frigid temperatures of Turk Lake on Saturday afternoon to help raise more than $83,000 for Special Olympics Michigan. 

One of those individuals, Sean Wheeler of team “Yellow Snow,” was all smiles after being the first to take the plunge just outside of Turk Lake Restaurant & Bar. 

Special Olympics looks to re-start events, fundraising efforts

Say the words “Special Olympics” and many people think only of the Summer Games. But according to Richard Nostrant, Special Olympics is much more than that — for both the athletes and the volunteers who support them.

Nostrant is director for Area 6 of Special Olympics, which encompasses Ionia and Montcalm counties. Special Olympics offers individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 7 to 99, opportunities for developing new skills and abilities, and finding joy and confidence that they can bring to other areas of their lives, through sports.