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It’s time to get freezin’ for a reason for Special Olympics Colorado’s 2019 Polar Plunge Series!

 

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Help end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

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.

December 4

Colorado Gives Day

The Colorado Gives Day $1 Million Incentive Fund is one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every donation made through ColoradoGives.org on Colorado Gives Day is boosted by the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar. For example, if Special Olympics Colorado receives 10 percent of the total donations made

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December 6 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Texas Roadhouse Tip-A-Cop

Visit any of the 15 Texas Roadhouse locations statewide and support Special Olympics CO Athletes by tipping a cop! Texas Road House – Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 5:00-9:00pm  

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December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Catalina’s Tip-A-Cop – Elizabeth Police Department

Visit Catalina’s Diner on Friday, December 7th and Tip-A-Cop to raise money for our Special Olympics Colorado Athletes! Elizabeth Police Department will be hosting this Tip-A-Cop event, and displaying their best waiter / waitress skills for donations! Friday – December 7th – 4:00-9:00pm 273 E Kiowa Ave, Elizabeth, CO 80107  

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December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

12 Bars of Charity Pub Crawl

The 2nd Annual 12 Bars of Charity is BACK on Saturday December 15th! Invite friends and family to come out and join the fun, all while helping Special Olympics Colorado. Sign up as a White Team Pub Crawler for Special Olympics Colorado and you will receive a white sweatshirt, shuttle rides and drink specials at

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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 24,000+ athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 years old.

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Check out this video created by students at Graland Day School!

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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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