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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.

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Special Olympics Rockies Tailgate presented by Jet’s Pizza

Join Special Olympics Colorado’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) at the Rockies Tailgate Party and Baseball Game presented by JET’S PIZZA at JACKSON’S DENVER. Enjoy drinks from our Official Beverage Partner Tito’s Handmade Vodka, play tailgate games with Special Olympics Colorado Athletes, enter to win exciting prizes, munch on complimentary appetizers, and then head across the

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May 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Healthy Athletes at Denver Region Track & Field

During the Denver Region Track and Field, SOCO will be hosting a FREE dental screening called Special Smiles, presented by Comfort Dental. The Special Smiles discipline of the Healthy Athletes screening program provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics

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May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Pins for a Purpose

Join us for the 3rd annual bowling tournament hosted by the SOCO Young Professionals Board that will support Special Olympics Colorado and the 25,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities that they serve. Show off your bowling skills, network  and support a great cause! Teams of up to 6 people (option to have a SOCO athlete join

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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.

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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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