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164,000-Pound Plane for our athletes? Join us for Plane Pull presented by Subway on Saturday, August 4th!

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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.

May 30 @ 4:00 am - 1:00 pm

Greeley/Weld Multi-Agency Torch Run

Join Greeley and Weld Counties as 13 local law enforcement agencies help to raise money for Special Olympics Colorado! The Greeley/Weld 26-mile Multi-Agency Torch Run will begin at Frederick Police Department in Frederick with a post Torch Run picnic celebration at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. Click HERE for the 2018 Route 4:00am  I  Run starts

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May 31 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tribute at the Capitol Presented by PDC Energy

Join Colorado law enforcement agencies to ignite the “Flame of Hope” and raise money for Special Olympics! REGISTER HERE: https://www.classy.org/event/tribute-at-the-capitol-torch-run-presented-by-pdc-energy/e173618 10 – 11 a.m. | Park at the Pepsi Center Prius Lot and shuttle to Civic Center Park 11:00 a.m. | Line up in Civic Center Park (corner of Lincoln & 14th) 11:15 a.m. |

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June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Boulder PD Torch Run

Join Boulder Police Department and local law enforcement to help raise money for Special Olympics! CLICK TO REGISTER HERE: https://www.classy.org/event/boulder-police-department-torch-run/e179522 About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) LETR is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  Law enforcement (the Guardians of the Flame) and athletes, light the “Flame of Hope” at events and competitions

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June 7 - June 8

Global Messenger Re-certification

SOCO will be hosting a Global Messenger Re-certification on June 7-8 at CMU in Grand Junction. This training will not conflict with your participation in Summer Games. To attend this training, you have to have gone through a Global Messenger certification prior. Please fill out the application to be considered for the training!  

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June 16 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Trinidad Police Department Torch Run

Join Trinidad Police Department and local law enforcement to help raise money for Special Olympics! 8:00am Registration 9:00am Torch Run begins CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://www.classy.org/event/trinidad-police-department-torch-run/e182454

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June 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Colorado Springs Metro Torch Run
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.

Join El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department and surrounding agencies for the “Colorado Springs Metro Torch Run”. The 4-mile torch run will raise money and support for the athletes and also continue our partnership with Special Olympics and Law Enforcement. Registration  I  9:00-9:30am Day-of Registration: Police Operations Center (705 S. Nevada Avenue,

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgl9GXXwnDU

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!
Click here to learn more!

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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