2015 Special Olympics Colorado Flag Football State Games
John F Kennedy High School’s Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Team earned a gold medal at today’s annual Special Olympics Colorado Flag Football State Games held at John F Kennedy High School in Denver. Twenty-six teams were in today’s tournament, the largest field of competitors since the sport was added to the program in 2012.
The field of competitors has expanded this year to include nine teams qualifying for the state competition for the first time. The competitors, both people with intellectual disabilities and those without disabilities (“Unified Partners”), range in age from 11 years old (Owen Daniels with Denver Parks and Recreation Swift Llamas) to 64 years old (Lawrence Carlucci of Denver Parks and Recreation Sharknadoes). The following high schools have unified teams qualify this year: John F. Kennedy, Fossil Ridge, Mead, Brighton, Overland, Rocky Mountain, South and Poudre. Five of the teams that qualified from one of five Colorado regional tournaments earlier this fall are first-year Special Olympics programs.
The brackets were set-up by skill level in four divisions for both the Traditional teams (all SOCO athlete) and Unified teams (combined team of athletes with and without disabilities).