Athletes are the core of the Special Olympics movement and the meaning behind everything we do through our association with Special Olympics Colorado. Special Olympics Colorado strives to create new and innovative programming while advancing our traditional programs that have become so popular for people with intellectual disabilities. We are excited to welcome new athletes and families and we hope you decide to join our family! In addition to having a great time, Special Olympics athletes benefit from:
- Improved physical fitness and sports skills
- Enhanced self-confidence and social competency
- Greater readiness for employment
- Better preparation for independent living
- Increased ability to make personal decisions
- Improved friendships and family relationships
Special Olympics Colorado athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We encourage you to come out and compete, regardless of your of your experience or current skill level. We have many different types of sports so there’s plenty of great options to choose from. Plus, all of our programs are available to you free of charge!
Special Olympics Colorado athletes participate in a variety of competitions at the local, area, state, and international level. Special Olympics Colorado hosts more than 100 competitions. And, we have unique training events like the Denver Nuggets all-team clinic exclusive to Special Olympics athletes and a Unified soccer team that travels with the Colorado Rapids!
In Colorado, we host six statewide championships annually plus several area championships that serve as “qualifiers” for the state games. A select group of athletes in our state qualify to compete at the Special Olympics World Winter and Summer Games. The World Games are held every two years, alternating between Winter and Summer Games. These Games represent the highest caliber of competition and draw athletes from up to 170 counties. Special Olympics North America also hosts the USA Games once every four years where some of the state’s top individual athletes and teams are selected for competitions.