Hats off to all those who volunteer their time and money to help others and make a difference in our community! I love ‘feel good’ news stories, and wanted to share this one with you too! The ‘Water Warriors Mackinaw Ride’ kicked off at 8am this morning in Mackinaw City, for the 21st annual, 5-day, 350-mile endurance ride to Harsens Island in Macomb County. These amazing individuals, do this endurance ride each and every year  to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. Chuck Edwards and I have participated by joining the Water Warriors in years past, and let me tell you, this is certainly no easy feat!

The Water Warriors ride personal watercraft the entire length of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River before ending July 29 at Brown’s Waterfront Bar on Harsens Island. The Water Warriors are comprised of men and women from all walks of life who have two things in common: their love of water sports and their desire to help people with intellectual disabilities.  Check this out…The Water Warriors began in 1991 and since then have raised over $2 million for Special Olympics Michigan!

The Water Warriors endure a five-day, 350-mile trip on personal watercraft from Mackinaw City to Harsens Island to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan.  Every year during the last week of July, approximately eighty people serve as riders, support crew and land support crews.  Each rider must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate.  The Water Warriors help fund the State Poly Hockey Finals and present a check during the opening ceremonies.

Water Warriors also provide grants for sports programming for athletes throughout Michigan. Overnight stops include Alpena, Tawas, Port Austin and Port Huron.  The Water Warriors are welcomed throughout the ride by Special Olympics athletes who join participants for meals and games.

For more information about the ride or how you can get involved, contact the Water Warriors at 810-499-9508 or waterwarriors.mackinawride@gmail.com 


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