A Beautiful Me, Inc. is the brain child of Karen Palka, a Mom with a son and two daughters, who back in 2008 recognized the need in her Port Huron community for a program that would build self-esteem for young girls and teens. Karen was a successful business owner, she took her time and utilized her network to develop the concept for the mission of A Beautiful Me. After consulting with friends and colleagues on the direction of the organization, she determined the ultimate goal of A Beautiful Me was to empower youth and strengthen communities by supporting the development of confident young women who would grow into healthy decision makers.
As we celebrate the patriotic experience of the Summer Olympic Games, our team at SHARE Detroit found it fitting to highlight the wonderful work of the Special Olympics Michigan. We are proud to have this nonprofit on our platform and are inspired by their reputation and commitment to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The first Special Olympics Games in Michigan dates back to the summer of 1969 at Western Michigan University. In the 1970’s, the presence of the Special Olympics of Michigan grew when they hosted the 4th International Summer Special Olympic Games in Mount Pleasant in 1974 and then sent 90 athletes with 22 coaches to the 5th International Summer Special Olympics in Brockport, New York four years later.
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