Male Athlete of the Month
Nic is from Greeley, Colorado and is loved by all who surround him. He competes in power lifting, basketball, flag football, bowling, and track and field events. In his spare time Nic assists his power lifting coach and mentor, Jason Renouf with the Greeley West High School Football Team. Nic is known for his dedication to Special Olympics Colorado and is a role model to his fellow athletes and peers. Congratulations to Nic on being named the Special Olympics Colorado November Athlete of the Month!
Female Athlete of the Month
Jade competes in alpine skiing, aquatics, cycling and bowling. Jade’s bowling coach Donna Blackmer, says that because of Special Olympics Colorado, Jade has gained a great amount of self confidence. She rides the ECO bus to practices and is always cheerful and helpful with her teammates. Her bowling has improved over the years and she is very proud of from success. Congratulations to Jade on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Female Athlete of the Month!
The Mueller Family
Family of the Month presented by Charles Schwab
Irene Mueller is the Douglas County bowling coach and she is heavily involved in other sports throughout the year. Her son John has been a Special Olympics Colorado athlete for the past eight years. John competes year-round in bowling, basketball, softball and soccer. The Muellers have helped out with countless fundraisers and events for Special Olympics Colorado families and participants. Congratulations to the Mueller family on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Family of the Month!
Volunteer of the Month
Unified Champion Schools
Ashley Strong is a teacher and Unified Schools coordinator for Douglas County High School. She is actively involved in the Unified Champion Schools program and Unified Sports. She leads the Unified Poms team she started at Douglas County High School and is involved with their Unified Basketball team. Ashley helped host the Unified Schools Youth Summit at Douglas County High School a few years ago. Many athletes and partners from her Unified Club are involved in the Special Olympics Colorado State Youth Activation Committee. Congratulations to Ashley on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Volunteer of the Month!
Coach of the Month
Craig has been a coach for the Colorado Springs Steamrollers teams for two years. He stepped in as the head coach of the Steamrollers last year when the previous head coach had to step away due to military commitments. Craig coached and played as a Unified Partner his first year and has taken over as head coach for the Steamrollers B team this year along with assisting with the Steamrollers A team.
Craig does an excellent job of making skill development fun. His players have a great time at practice and their football skills have improved dramatically. Craig works with his Unified Partners to help them learn more about the game and to become coaches on the field so they can help their teammates be successful. Special Olympics Colorado Southeast Area Manager Jolie NeSmith says, “Craig is joy to work with and has a contagious positive personality.” Congratulations to Craig on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Coach of the Month.
Community Partner of the Month
Safeway has been partnering with Special Olympics Colorado for 10 years. During that time Safeway has raised nearly $1 million for SOCO through their People with Disabilities Campaign and was inducted into Special Olympics Colorado’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Beyond their generous financial support, Safeway hosts an Annual Safeway Bagging Challenge, creating a community of inclusion for athletes throughout the state. They have also supported our athletes by providing healthy meals and snacks at state competitions for years. Safeway is also one of the top employers of people with disabilities in the state and employs many Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Thank you, Safeway, for all that you do to support our athletes, and congratulations on being our Community Partner of the Month!