For the first time ever, in the only known torch relay to cross all 50 states, hundreds of athletes and Coloradans will help carry the Flame of Hope through Colorado June 24-July 1 on the way to L.A. for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

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“Special Olympics Unified Sports helps the athletes become better athletes and the unified partners better people.”

Charlie Monfort, Owner/General Partner, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club
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Have you ever tried a Tug-of-War with a Boeing 757? Our annual Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull is a great experience and fun way to give back! Reserve your spot early for the 2015 Plane Pull on Saturday, August 1.

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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 24 - July 1

Unified Relay Across America

Over the course of seven days (June 24-July 1), in a hand-to-hand exchange, people throughout Colorado will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope across the state and hand the torch off to Utah enroute to the final destination, the Los Angeles Coliseum for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies! You can still participate as a

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July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chili’s Tip-A-Cop Event

Chili’s Tip-A-Cop Event Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics Colorado athletes will work together to earn your tips at Chili’s restaurants across Colorado! Stop in for lunch or dinner! Your donations plus 15% of profits will benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Click here to see our Flyer!  

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August 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY Restaurants
Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull

The Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull is a giant tug-of-war between a team of up to 25 people and a 164,000-pound airplane. This 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 across the tarmac in the

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August 8

Summer Classic

The 2015 Summer Classic will be held at Aurora Sports Park. Join us as over 500 athletes, 100 coaches and 250 volunteers participate in Bocce, Cycling, Golf, Tennis and Softball! Volunteer Registration will be available shortly. Check back soon!

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October 14 @ 7:15 am - 8:45 am

Hall of Fame Breakfast presented by Comfort Dental

The Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental recognizes the contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations around Colorado that have made a significant impact within the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the annual inductees are recognized at our Hall of Fame event. Hall of Fame attendees are typically invited by a

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November 7

Fall Classic presented by TD Ameritrade

The Fall Classic presented by TD Ameritrade is our State Championship for bowling and volleyball and will be held at Gold Crown/AMF Belleview Lanes, 4900 S Federal Blvd, Englewood, CO 80110 – (303) 794-4265.  In 2014, we had 700 athletes and partners, 120 coaches and 50 volunteers.

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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 athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 1/2 years old.

Support our athletes and fellow Coloradans participating in the historic Unified Relay Across America. You can donate to a team or come cheer us on as we carry the torch June 24-July 1!

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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

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