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Summer Games
Grand Junction, CO
June 10-12, 2016
Aquatics, Gymnastics, Power Lifting, Soccer, Track and Field

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Join us for a Torch Run Near You!

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Join us for our Plane Pull
Presented by Subway!
August 13th, 2016

 

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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

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Child Bracket ages 8 to 21.

Child Bracket ages 22 and up.

May 1 - June 17

Torch Run Series

During the month of May every year, hundreds of LETR officers and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games in June. Click on any of the following Torch Runs

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June 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tribute at the Capitol LETR Torch Run

Join us for the 32nd Annual Tribute at the Capitol on the West Steps of the Capitol Building in Denver. Three flames will unite into a single torch, which will then head down the 16th Street Mall to the Pepsi Center. Later that week, the Flame of Hope Escort Ride will transport the torch across the

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June 10 - June 12

State Summer Games

Join us at Colorado Mesa University for the State Summer Games, our largest event with over 1,000 athletes competing in soccer, track and field, gymnastics, powerlifting and swimming. With 3,000 volunteers, family members, coaches, and unified partners participating, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Please come out and join our volunteer family for the weekend’s festivities!

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July 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

32nd Annual FirstBank Golf Tournament

The 32nd Annual FirstBank Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics Colorado at the Omni Interlocken Golf Course is a fantastic golf tournament in which players will also enjoy exciting raffles as well as a Silent and Live Auction. Join us for not only a great round of golf but for the chance to provide our athletes-Coloradans with intellectual disabilities-

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August 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY

The Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull presented by Subway is a giant tug-of-war between a team of up to 25 people and a 164,000-pound Boeing 757. This year’s Plane Pull will take place at the Denver International Airport, one of the world’s largest airports. Teams challenge each other to pull a jumbo jet 12 feet

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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.

  • Compete

    We offer 22 sports for athletes stating at 8 years old and athletes may compete throughout a lifetime. Many of our 20,000+ athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 years old.

You still have time to make a donation and support one of our 2016 Polar Plunge teams!

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Sponsors

Westerra Credit Union is the official Credit Union of Special Olympics Colorado. They will support one athlete for an entire year each time a new account is opened and Special Olympics Colorado is mentioned!
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Our partnership with Special Olympics Colorado is a natural fit for us at Westerra. Together we are helping make a difference in our schools and ultimately our community as a whole. In addition to providing financial support to Special Olympics, this also gives our employees and their families an opportunity to get involved in a meaningful way.

- Nancy Bunte, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Westerra Credit Union 

Open an account with Westerra and support a Special Olympics Athlete for one year

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