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Special Olympics Colorado is a movement dedicated to transforming lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding, and respect for people of all abilities, on and off the playing field. Special Olympics is not just about athletic competitions - the movement is also about working together, gaining self-confidence and learning additional skills that make it possible for our athletes to become significant and productive citizens of our communities.

See Your Gift in Action…

  • Every dollar raised in Colorado STAYS in Colorado
  • Nearly .80 of every dollar directly supports athletes and athlete programming
  • We do not charge fees for athlete or family participation, which means that we must raise every dollar we spend on athletes
  • Special Olympics Colorado offers programming in nearly every community across the state giving donors and athletes many opportunities to get involved, year-round

The Power of Your Support…

  • $125 provides health screenings for five athletes
  • $500 covers the entire cost of a track and field meet for 150 eager athletes
  • $1,000 funds an entire flag football team for one season
  • $5,000 will implement one new Project UNIFY school, impacting approximately 1,100 students – changing school climates into a welcoming and inclusive place for all students, using the platform
    of sports and the power of youth leadership
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Ways to Give

Donate
Give Online
Call to Make a Gift: 720.359.3109
Give by Mail:
Special Olympics Colorado
384 Inverness Parkway, Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112

Sponsor or Participate in an Event
We host a number of fun community-based events throughout the year, like our Polar Plunge and Plane Pull. We also have sponsorship options ranging from $500 through $50,000. Contact Megan Toohey at 720.359.3109 to learn how your company can partner with us through a customized sponsorship package.

Planned Giving
A simple, effective way to carry on your legacy of support of our efforts to provide the best possible sports training and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Click here to learn more.
Sample Language for your Planned Giving 

Workplace Giving
Special Olympics Colorado is part of Community Health Charities (CHC) – a workplace giving program that supports non-profit health agencies. Workplace giving lets you spread out your donation over an entire year, allowing you to be more generous without ever writing a check. Ask your company about giving to SOCO through CHC.

While Special Olympics is not a designated United Way agency, you may still elect to have your workplace giving dollars directed to Special Olympics Colorado by writing our name in the “other” charity line on your donation form.

 

Volunteer
Offer your time, energy and passion to Special Olympics Colorado. We have a vast list of opportunities for you to explore. From coaching our athletes (many may say the, “the most fun I’ve ever had.”) to helping run one of our competitions. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Vehicle Donation
Wondering what to do with your used car, truck, boat, RV or motorcycle? Donating your unwanted, but usable vehicle to Special Olympics Colorado, is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used vehicle will make a big difference in supporting Special Olympics Colorado and our athletes. Learn more about vehicle donation.

Host Your Own Fundraiser
You would like to set up your own fundraiser for Special Olympics Colorado?  Thank you! Sydney Park can assist you with anything you need and can be reached at 720.359.3122

 Matching Gifts
The quickest way to double your gift! If your company participates in a matching gift program, simply include the company form with your donation to maximize the impact of your contribution. If your company does not currently have a matching gift program, encourage your Human Resources Director to consider adding this offering for the next year!

Birthday, Wedding or Memorial Gifts
Flowers fade, but our programs literally change lives. By enclosing the name and address of the honoree or family with your gift, Special Olympics Minnesota will send a personalized note notifying them of your donation. Special requests may be directed to: Megan Toohey, 720.359.3109

Upcoming Events

Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY Restaurants | August 1, 2015
Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport

The Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY Restaurants is a giant tug-of-war between a team of up to 25 people and a 164,000-pound airplane. Teams challenge each other to pull a jumbo jet 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time! This Plane Pull will take place at the Denver International Airport, one of the world’s largest airports.

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Plane Pull participants pulling the plane

 

Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental | October 14, 2015
Grand Hyatt Denver

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 Table Captain, who is responsible for filling their 10 person table.  There is no charge to attend this fundraiser, however, attendees will be asked to make an investment in the lives of our athletes while at the event.  If you are interested in attending the Hall of Fame either as a Table Captain or as an individual attendee, please contact Megan Toohey at 720.359.3109.

Amanda Leonard, 2014 Female Athlete of the Year

Volunteers timing the race.

Monthly Giving Club

Giving monthly to Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) is simple and rewarding. The Monthly Giving Club is a group of committed donors who, through their regular, monthly gifts, help support over 16,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with SOCO.

Membership Benefits:

Making an impact — know you are helping over 16,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities with your monthly gift.
Increased worth of gift and convenience — Automatic transfers decrease administrative costs for SOCO, so more of your gift goes directly to supporting athletes.
Tax deductible — Monthly giving is recognized as an annual gift and is 100% tax deductible.
Click here and select “recurring gift” to join the club.

THIRD-PARTY FUNDRAISERS

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Is Special Olympics Colorado your charity of choice? Now your community or company can support our athletes through scheduled events such as a community BBQ, or designate a certain percentage of consumer sales to SOCO. SOCO defines a “Third-Party Event” as any fundraising activity by a non-affiliated group or individual, where SOCO has no fiduciary responsibilities and little or no staff involvement.

Our major Third-Party fundraisers are the My Goods Market Medallion campaign (April and October) and the Safeway Supports People with Disabilities Campaign (August).
For more information about how you or your company can be involved, contact: Sydney Park at 720.359.3122. Please take a look at the Third-Party Fundraising Form.

 

Sponsors

We do not charge our athletes or their families to participate and compete throughout the year, therefore corporate support is a vital source of funding and services that help 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.

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