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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformation power and joy of sports, every day around the world.

Using sports as a catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics is still the largest sports organization in the world serving over 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. And sports are still the core of what we do. But, our athletes inspire us to continue to evolve as an organization as they tell us their stories and share their dreams for the future. Today we use sports as a catalyst to help enhance the growth for all people who participate and compete with Special Olympics.

Build Inclusive Schools

Develop Leaders

Strengthen Communities

Promote Self-Sufficiency

Improve Health and Quality of Life

Because of your support, the organization has made a meaningful difference in the life of every athlete who participates. As a recognized best practice for non-profits in Colorado, we ensure that every dollar is spent wisely.

Building Communities and Developing Leaders is primarily happening at a young age when youth are most impacted by socialization. We know our Special Olympics Unified programs are working because it’s in the numbers:

  • 78% of typically developing youth report that their attitudes toward bullying have changed
  • 75% increase in school involvement among those with intellectual disabilities
  • 84% of all students report the program is life-changing

An average athlete visits 50 different physicians with little, if any, results. If these health issues are untreated as minor illnesses they could become life-threatening and thus creating a health crisis of epidemic proportions. Did you know? Special Olympics is the largest health provider for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the world. We have trained more than 120,000 health professionals in 7 disciplines and have conducted over 1.2 million health screenings globally.

Engage for a lifetime

Child Bracket ages 2 and a half to seven.

Child Bracket ages 8 to 21.

Child Bracket ages 22 and up.

September 19 @ 8:00 am - September 21 @ 10:00 pm

2019 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference

Special Olympics Colorado is proud to announce we have been selected to host the 2019 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference for Special Olympics! September 19-21, Gaylord of the Rockies This conference has over 1,200 attendees from all around the world each year. Law Enforcement representatives and SO staff gather to celebrate the year in

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September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LETR Donut Derby

                Do-Nut Miss Out on the Donut Derby! Join us at the Gaylord lazy river for your chance to win the Donut Derby Grand Prize at the LETR International Conference! Register online or at the conference until 6:00 pm on Friday, September 20th by clicking here! ~ Grand Prize:

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September 28 @ 9:30 am

2019 Arvada Fire Truck Pull

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Check In at 10:00am (9:30 registration) Arvada Fire Training Facility – 6651 Indiana Street, Arvada, CO 80007 Teams of 8-10 people: $20 / person Individuals: Men and Women Competitions – $20 / person or $10 if competing with a team.   Contact Officer Brad Gagon at bgagon@arvada.org Fire Truck Pull

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October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Trick or Trivia

Join the Young Professionals Board for Trick or Trivia!   This Halloween-themed trivia event will feature a costume contest judged by Special Olympics Colorado athletes, live piano music, food and drinks, dancing, and so much more! Start your team today… the last YPB event sold out!   Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Howl at the

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October 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental

The Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame Luncheon presented by Comfort Dental is an inspirational event that brings together more than 1,000 community and business leaders. The event highlights our accomplishments for the year and shares our vision for the future through the induction of exemplary individuals and groups into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of

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November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bocce & Brews

Join the Young Professionals Board for Bocce and Brews!   This Unified Bocce tournament is in its third year, and it is sure to be a hit yet again! We’ll see you at Rhein Haus for some intense competition as well as delicious appetizers, an exclusive auction, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and more!   Sunday, November

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Get Involved


  • Volunteer

    Volunteer opportunities are plentiful from coaching to committees to event management and many other specialized roles.

  • Coach

    Coaching is a great avenue for those who love sports and want to work closely with our athletes.

  • Donate

    We do not charge our athletes or their families to participate and compete throughout the year, therefore financial support helps us ensure that we can continue to provide uniforms, medals, officiating, practice and competition facilities, and invaluable coaching and volunteer training for our rapidly growing base of athletes. Donate Today!

  • Compete

    We offer 22 sports for athletes stating at 8 years old and athletes may compete throughout a lifetime. Many of our 25,000+ athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 years old.