Special Olympics Summer Games horseshoe event draws wide variety of community members – The Morning Sun

Several athletes compete in the horseshoe tournament as part of the 2022 Michigan State Special Olympics Summer Games.

Special Olympics Michigan Inc. (SOMI) provides year-round sports training and sports competitions to more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities).

This year, after a few years of predominantly virtual competition, the Summer Games took place in person June 1-3 on the CMU campus. The Games include a wide variety of different sporting events in which athletes can participate.

“It’s our first day back in two years and we ended up with more athletes than expected,” said Horseshoes coordinator Judy Chandler.

The turf horseshoe game is one of many competitive events available during the Summer Games. The event took place south of the Rose Tennis Courts next to the Student Activity Center on June 2.

Male and female competitors could compete in different singles and doubles matches during the event. Depending on the movement abilities of the athletes, competitors are allowed to throw the horseshoes at different distances.

“The event only has one movement and many participate in it because it’s not as complex as other events and they can do it,” Chandler said.

  • A wide variety of athletes competed in the horseshoe event at the 2022 Special Olympics Summer Games. (Sarah Wright – The Morning Sun)

  • A wide variety of athletes competed in the horseshoe event...

    A wide variety of athletes competed in the horseshoe event at the 2022 Special Olympics Summer Games. (Sarah Wright – The Morning Sun)

About 50 to 60 athletes participated in the event.

Many other sporting events will take place during the duration of the State Games

Following the State Summer Games, a delegation of more than 60 athletes, coaches and staff will depart for Orlando, Florida to represent Michigan at the 2022 American Special Olympics.

For more information on other State Games events, visit somi.org/2022-summer-games-schedule.

Joseph K. Bennett