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The Coolest Event in Colorado Returns in 2016 with six great locations!

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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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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.

February 20

Polar Plunge- Aurora
Participant in the water with Plunge sunglasses.

REGISTER TODAY! FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON…it’s the 2016 Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union. Show your support for over 18,902 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado by plunging into icy waters and raising money for Special Olympics Colorado. For more information on the Aurora Polar Plunge click here.

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February 20

Polar Plunge- Fort Collins
Polar Plunge Participants running out of the water.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON…it’s the 2016 Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union. Show your support for over 18,902 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado by plunging into icy waters and raising money for Special Olympics Colorado. For more information on the Ft. Collins Polar Plunge click here.

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February 27

Polar Plunge- Denver Splash & Dash
Ladies in tutus jumping in the pool.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! The Polar Plunge Splash and Dash presented by Westerra Credit Union is a fun and unique way to support Special Olympics Colorado and our amazing athletes. Participants have the option to plunge into a pool filled with freezing cold water, run/walk in a 5K…or better yet, do both! The 5k

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February 27

Polar Plunge – Colorado Springs
Participant in taco suit running out of water

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON…it’s the 2016 Polar Plunge season presented by Westerra Credit Union. Show your support for over 18,902 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado by plunging into icy waters and raising money for Special Olympics Colorado. For more information on the Colorado Springs Polar Plunge click here.

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March 5

Polar Plunge- Boulder
Participants charging into the water

The Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is a fun and unique way to support Special Olympics Colorado. Participants will plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Boulder Polar Plunge to raise money for our amazing athletes. For more information on the Boulder Polar Plunge click here.

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February 28

State Winter Games – Snow Sports
Participant snowboarding

Please join us for the 2016 State Winter Games at Copper Mountain Sunday, February 28th! Athletes will be competing in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing. To volunteer at this event please click on the orange button above. We hope to see you there!

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March 5 @ 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

State Winter Games – Skating
Two girls ice skating

Please join us for the 2016 State Winter Games Skating Competition. Athletes will be competing in figure skating and speed skating at South Suburban Ice Arena on Saturday March 5th. No volunteers needed at this time.

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March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

14th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit

Join us for a masquerade ball benefiting the athletes and programs of Special Olympics Colorado. 6:00 pm: Cocktails & Silent Auction 7:00 pm: Dinner and cash bar 8:00 pm: Dancing with Gumbo Le Funque Mardi Gras Sponsorship Opportunities

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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 19,600+ 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.

Denver7 anchor Eric Kahnert and reporters (and SOCO athletes!) Hanna Atkinson & Connor Long take to the slopes of Copper Mountain with Cody Field, the Flying Spartan!

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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.

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