April 2017 Recognition Winners

Tim Miner
Male Athlete
Northeast Region

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Tim Miner is a resident of Longmont Colorado and competes year round in many of our SOCO competitions!  After brief stints away, Tim took it as a personal challenge and goal to try sports in 2017 he had either yet to try or took some time off from.  A regular on the basketball court and soccer field, Tim accepted the challenge of competing in skiing and aquatics this year! A leader and mentor to both his peers and fellow Special Olympics Athletes, Tim represents all that is great about the Northeast region and what the Special Olympics movement represents.

Tracey Garrison
Female Athlete
Western Region

Tracey has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for over 15 years. She presently works at the Mountain Valley Weaving store and has worked at Safeway. She participates in snowshoeing, track and field, bocce, softball, bowling and basketball. Tracey is a very social lady that loves her fellow athletes. She is a great team player with great enthusiasm. Congratulations Tracey!

Ryan Gofford

Ryan Wofford

Ryan has been a key and dedicated volunteer for Special Olympics Colorado’s fundraising events for the past few years. His passion and enthusiasm for our athletes with intellectual disabilities is channled it by helping promote our polar plunge series by dressing as Petey and passing out flyers in the community and other important activities that help to ensure the success of our events. Ryan also volunteers for our Plane Pull event, helping with set up and lining teams up on the tarmac.

Mary MacLeod
Southeast Region

Mary MacLeod has been coaching with Special Olympics Colorado for many years. Throughout the years, she has coached many sports and has been a head coach for snowshoeing. She also plans to take over the Southsiders team this year as the local program coordinator. Mary’s commitment to her athletes goes far beyond just taking them to practices and events. Mary has often taken her snowshoe team hiking to better condition them. She understands that Special Olympics is about so much more than just competing at events.  She wants all the athletes she is coaching to be a part of a team, to better themselves as people and to always treat one another with respect.

Craig and Ivy Donovan
Denver Region


The Donovan Family has been involved with the Douglas County Basketball program for years, but have recently taken over as program coordinators. They oversee 6 Special Olympics Colorado basketball teams in the winter and stay heavily involved with the Douglas County Special Olympics Program throughout the year. Craig Donovan hosts a summer basketball camp for Special Olympic athletes. His wife Ivy hosts Unified Yoga sessions and their children Brenden (age 9) and Brooke (age 7) help out during practices, fundraisers and more.  The Donovan family are great models of how to Live Unified and we are so glad that they are a part of the Special Olympics Colorado family!

Clean Energy Collective
Community Partner

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Clean Energy Collective has been sponsoring Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) since 2013! Each year Clean Energy Collective hosts a fundraiser luncheon that raises more than $10,000 for SOCO athletes. They also have participated in SOCO’s Boulder Polar Plunge for the past five years! Beyond that, Clean Energy Collective has a give back program that donates $300 to Special Olympics Colorado programs for every solar panel purchase. Thank you for all you do, Clean Energy Collective!

FFC8 Carson Middle School
Southeast Region

Carson Middle School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has come on strong as a Unified School with Special Olympics Colorado in the Southeast Region.  Aeriel Thorpe reached out to Special Olympics Colorado in 2016 and knew without a doubt that she wanted to get Carson Middle School involved. Not only did Carson Middle School become one of the first Unified Schools from the Southeast Region to compete at a regional event, but they became an active and engaged school with Special Olympics Colorado. They have hosted R-Word campaigns, partners clubs, participated in regional Unified soccer competition, participated in the annual Polar Plunge and are currently getting ready to represent at the inaugural Unified Schools track meet on May 3. Aeriel Thorpe and Carson Middle School have been a great example for other schools in the Southeast Region demonstrating how a partnership with Special Olympics Colorado can be successful and meaningful for the entire school.