Teamwork makes the dream work. Volunteers and coaches for Special Olympics Michigan are the oil in the machine for making the dream work. Connie Shelton, a volleyball coach with Area 20 (Washtenaw County), has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for more than 30 years. Over time, Connie has seen the State Summer Games blossom into the spectacle it is today.
"The whole event has become larger, events are coordinated well with lots of variety," said Connie.
The Ypsilanti resident has seen firsthand how the State Summer Games have a way to change a person's outlook on life.
The coach sees her athletes gain life skills that follow them past the fun-filled weekend. Leaving an impression on them that they are capable of doing anything they put their mind to.
Connie, a retired schoolteacher at Ypsilanti Area Public Schools, implemented lessons learned from Special Olympics Michigan into her curriculum. This helps make students with intellectual disabilities feel more included in the classroom.