Special Olympics Colorado serves 25,093 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Special Olympics Colorado. More than 13,000 volunteers engage with our athletes and have the opportunity to share a life-changing experience.
Donate today to help end discrimination against individuals 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
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:
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.
February 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Western Regional Basketball Tournament at Colorado Mesa University
February 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
For the first time ever, participants can do the 5K Dash, Splash or do both at the Aurora Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union! Register here!
February 24 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
February 28 @ 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Join us on February 28th for a pop-up Tip-A-Cop event at the Palace Restaurant in Durango! Tuesday, February 28th – 11:30am-10:00pm The Palace Restaurant – 505 Main Avenue, Durango
March 2 @ 8:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm
If you are still in need of housing, click on the link below for discounted lodging options where you can book directly. A portion of the booking is donated back to SOCO! www.hotelengine.com/join/SpecialOlympicsCO
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful from coaching to committees to event management and many other specialized roles.
Coaching is a great avenue for those who love sports and want to work closely with our athletes.
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!
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.
Check out this video created by students at Graland Day School!Learn More
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