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July 2017 Recognition Winners

Logan Borer
Male Athlete of the Month
Denver Region

Logan Borer is a senior at Chatfield High School and participates in cycling, golf, tennis and basketball with Special Olympics Colorado. During the summer season, he cycles for the Southsiders team where he rides a tandem bike with his father Pete. He also golfs with the Lakewood Lynx team and attends the Summer SOCO golf clinics. Logan has been competing for 9 years with Special Olympics Colorado!

Jenny Ryan
Female Athlete of the Month
Northeast Region

Jenny can be described as the ultimate team player and full of life! She has never met a sport she didn’t like and tries to be competitive in when she competes and trains. She is an avid participant in whatever the Fort Collins programs offer during that season. Whether it is flag football, soccer, volleyball or softball, she is always a bright spot on the team!

Jenny Female Athlete

The Powers Family
Family of the Month
Western Region

The Powers family has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for 10 years.  Michelle is the Craig Local Program Coordinator and is responsible for assisting coaches with scheduling, paperwork, deadlines, budgets and much more. Michelle also is the aquatics coach and assists her husband who is the bowling coach. Her daughter Jovanna is an assistant coach with these sports. Her son Derek is a Special Olympics Colorado athlete who participates in bowling, aquatics and bocce.  Michelle and Brian also have a son Ethen who great supporter of Derek. The power family is always willing to pitch in with fundraisers, our spring games in Craig and all events other  SOCO events.

Jessica Smith
Volunteer of the Month
Northeast Region

Jessica moved to Colorado over a year ago from Illinois and immediately became a softball coach for our Loveland athletes. Jessica is vital to all Northeast area tournaments and events as she has accepted the role as our Medical Games Committee leader! She not only coaches two softball teams, but attends every Northeast area event as medical personnel to make sure our athletes are safe.  And if she cannot make it, she takes it upon herself to find a qualified medical volunteer from her employer, Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, to cover her shift.

Jessica Smith

Jim and Patsy Kutchar
Coaches
Northeast Region

Jim and Patsy Kutchar have been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for about 10 years in the Fort Collins area. During that time period, they have worked to establish teams in basketball, softball and track and field. Jim and Patsy not only attend regional events, they also attend all state events they can and work with their team to raise money to ensure all athletes can attend.

Not only do they take on all the tasks of being head coaches (paperwork for athletes and coaches, running practices, coordinating travel for events, assisting athletes at the events to ensure they make their events, and fundraising for their team), they also assist with running fundraising events that benefit the Northeast Region.

The Kutchars are always thinking about the athletes, showing just how thoughtful and caring they are. They started a sportsmanship award in memory  athletes that had passed away. The Randy Chapman and Angelica Mascarenez Award are given every year to the most deserving athlete. This just another way that Jim and Patsy are always thinking about their athletes as well as the true meaning of Special Olympics.

FirstBank
Community Partner

FirstBank has been sponsoring Special Olympics Colorado’s Golf Tournament for nearly a decade. During that time the tournament has raised nearly $1 million and reached thousands of individuals throughout the state. FirstBank also motivates individuals give to non-profits like SOCO on Colorado Gives Day by providing an incentive fund of $500,000! Additionally FirstBank’s CEO, Jim Reuter, is SOCO’s past Chairman of the Board, and several FirstBank team members volunteer year-round for Special Olympics Colorado.

FirstBank’s involvement is making a positive impact for the entire SOCO community! Thank you FirstBank!

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