The Wertz Warriors…one man’s dream transformed into reality.
Vic Wertz, a former Detroit Tiger and Michigan Hall of Fame member, had a dream “to completely underwrite the Special Olympics Michigan Inc. (SOMI) State Winter Games.” So, in 1981 he set out and succeeded to enlist many of his friends to help him with his dream. Together they considered a variety of ways to generate the money needed to fund the Winter Games for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.
Their idea was to create an endurance snowmobile ride throughout northern Michigan. The ride would not only raise funds for SOMI, but it would help create awareness for those with intellectual disabilities. Since 1982, the Wertz Warriors have raised over $9.4 million for SOMI. Each year, warriors ride over 900 miles as they journey across northern Michigan.
Take the ride of a lifetime
A Wertz Warrior gives a SOMI athlete a ride during the State Winter Games.
Be a part of the ride that changes lives. The Wertz Warriors are looking for riders to join the cause. Riders who participate will enjoy the seven-day ride touring northern Michigan, be a part of the Opening Ceremony at the SOMI State Winter Games, and will have gas and most meals provided. Riders must meet a fundraising commitment to participate. Anyone interested can contact the Wertz Warriors at (586) 725-9660.
Support the Wertz Warriors
The Wertz Warriors make a grand entrance at the State Winter Games.
If you would like to make a donation to support the Wertz Warriors’ efforts, please click hereto make an online donation or mail your donation to: Wertz Warriors, PO Box 1132, Mount Clemens, MI 48046.
Wertz Warriors Grants
Click here for the 2017 Wertz Warriors Grant Application
The purpose of these grants is to enhance the programming at the area/local level and support programs in the greatest need. Preferably, grants will be awarded for tangible items, which will be used for multiple years. Examples of funding requests might be, but are not limited to: equipment, uniforms, program supplies, etc. There is no limit on the amount of funds to be requested, and requests are not limited to Winter Games functions. All applications are due by April 24, 2017.
Michigan Moose Association
The Michigan Moose Association is a proud supporter of the Wertz Warriors and Special Olympics Michigan. Members across the state raise money for the Wertz Warriors that helps Special Olympics Michigan athletes. Michigan Moose Association is part of a World Wide Private Fraternal Organization of over 1.1 million men and women working through fellowship to create a safe and friendly place for its members while working together with their City Leaders to help build their Communities.
Wertz Warriors Ride Sponsors