April 2018 Winners


Mary Thompson
Female Athlete of the Month
Western Region

Mary Thompson competes in track and field, softball, bowling, and basketball. She was also a volunteer for the Ariel Snowshoeing Team this year. Mary sets a great example as a caring and kind leader. She carries a positive attitude and a big smile with her everywhere she goes. Mary is always the first to greet and talk with the athletes, unified partners, and coaches at every event. Talking about her time with the Ariel Angels Special Olympics program, Mary says, “Special Olympics has helped me with weight loss and getting to know other people. It’s a lot of fun meeting new athletes at all of the sporting events through this program. It makes me feel good when I see the smiles on their faces and it puts a smile on mine. I do my best to be a team player and demonstrate leadership for my team as well as the Ariel Angels program.” Congratulations Mary on being named the Female Athlete of the Month.


Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 1.32.59 PMDalton Miles
Male Athlete of the Month
Denver Region

Dalton Miles is currently a member of the Regis Unified Team competing in unified flag football and unified basketball. Dalton helped start the unified program at his high school and has been very active ever since. Recently, Dalton flew to Buffalo New York as a guest of the Buffalo Bills for the My Cause My Cleats campaign. Dalton’s latest adventure is taking on the role of fitness captain for his team. Dalton takes his job very seriously and makes sure his whole team is in great shape. Congratulations Dalton on being named the Male Athlete of the Month.




IMG_9451 (1) (1)Blake Hinson
Coach of the Month
Northeast Region

Blake Hinson has been involved in Special Olympics as a unified coach for 5 years both in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Blake started Colorado Springs’ first unified basketball team at Vista Ridge High School. He is leading the way at getting schools on board. Blake says, “The response to the inaugural year at Vista Ridge has been overwhelming. In my experience, unified sports has been the catalyst needed to develop inclusive individuals, schools, and communities that will positively shape the future for individuals with and without disabilities.” Congratulations Blake on being named the Coach of the Month.


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The Rock Family
Family of the Month
Denver Region

Nancy, Brian, Val, Kalin and Savanah are wonderful assets to the Special Olympic community. Kalin is an athlete in the Regis program and formerly on the Grandview High School Unified Team. Brian, Nancy and Val are at every event, host team dinners, contribute financially and support all SOCO athletes. Savannah has served on the Youth Activation Committee for Special Olympics Colorado. Savannah was also chosen to represent Colorado as a youth leadership ambassador at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle this Summer. At Grandview High School, Savannah has played unified sports and been a student coach for the unified basketball team for three years. She has also served three terms as president of Grandview’s Project Unify Club. Congratulations to the Rock Family on being named the Family of the Month!


36046615903_d111e6f1f8_kSuzi and Scott Miller
Volunteers of the Month
Denver Region

Suzi and Scott Miller have been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for over 20 years. They provide amazing merchandise at our events for athletes, coaches, volunteers and families. Suzi and Scott have worked at countless events, always arriving well before teams and staying until the very end. The support they have provided SOCO over many years has been incredible. The Millers are responsible for every aspect of souvenirs and so much more! Congratulations on being named the Volunteers of the Month!


Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 1.47.36 PMThe Greeley Bowling Fundraising Team
Community Partner of the Month
Northeast Region

The Greeley Bowling Fundraising Team started consists of 12 community members who continue to exceed the yearly goals they set for themselves. All the money they raise stays in the Greeley Special Olympics programs and helps fund multiple Northeast region events. The following supporters make up the 2018 committee; Debbie Panter, Cindy McPhee, Mary & Paul Hurley, Dina Nicholson, Sandy Horvath, Wendy Call, Cathy Richardson, William Gates, Ronda Wells, Sandy Merritt and Don Holtz. Sandy Merritt, who is part of the committee and coaches the Greeley adults bowling program states, “It is wonderful to be a part of this committee and witness the excitement when we discuss what the funds mean to our athletes. Every dollar makes a difference, and I love that this amazing group embodies the spirit of Special Olympics.” Congratulations to the Greeley Bowling Fundraising Team on being named the Community Partner of the Month.