January 2018 Winners

female athlete of the monthKaeda MacMillan
Female Athlete of the Month
Northeast Region

Kaeda MacMillan from Fort Collins has been a Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) athlete since the age of 7 and has been competing for 12 years in basketball, flag football, bowling, track and field, and Snowshoeing.  She attended Rocky Mountain High School where she competed in their Unified program. She recently won a gold medal at our Fall Classic and had the honor of singing the National Anthem with her teammate Sammie during the Opening Ceremony.

Kaeda’s mom, Amanda, coaches her “Rocking Bowlers” Team and says that Kaeda “loves competing with Special Olympics Colorado because she is very competitive and loves socializing with her friends.”

Congratulations Kaeda on being named the Female Athlete of the Month!


michaelMichael Schumake
Male Athlete of the Month
Denver Region

Michael is in his senior year at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. Michael has been involved in his school’s Unified Sports program since it started his freshman year. He competes in Unified Flag Football, Unified Basketball, Unified Track & Field, and Unified Soccer. Michael was also the goalie for the SOCO Unified Colorado Rapids soccer team.

On top of his active involvement in Unified Sports, Michael is also a part of our Special Olympics Colorado State Youth Activation Committee. With Michael’s leadership he helped plan Rangeview’s annual R-Word Campaign as well as SOCO’s 2018 Inclusive Youth Leadership Symposium that welcomed over 25 schools across Colorado. Congratulations Michael on being named the Male Athlete of the Month!


dougDoug Slater
Coach of the Month
Southeast Region

Doug Slater has been volunteering and coaching with Special Olympics Colorado for the last 11 years. He currently coaches the Timberwolves Soccer and Bowling Teams and also assists with the Chewbocce Bocce Team in the Southeast Region. Before bocce, Doug coached the Grizzlies Downhill Ski Team.

Special Olympics Colorado Director of Competition Susan Foege says, “Doug’s was extremely helpful at State Bowling this year, balancing out his coaching duties as well as helping out wherever needed. He always has a smile on his face and is happy to help.”

Doug’s ongoing commitment to Special Olympics Colorado goes beyond coaching. Doug says, “I really enjoy working with the young athletes and sharing in their thrills and enjoyment as they celebrate success on the field. Even if they don’t win, they are brave in the attempt.” Congratulations Doug on being named the Coach of the Month!


december familyThe Kidder Family
Family of the Month
Northeast Region

The Kidder Family, from Erie Colorado, takes extreme pride in being part of the Special Olympics Colorado family. Jared and his 3 children Uriah, Selah, and Sawyer jumped at the chance to help build the Erie Unified Juniors Program from the ground up. Jared has helped coach basketball, track and soccer. His three children have participated on every team as unified partners and have grown with the athletes on the team, especially as friends and mentors.

The Kidder Family represents what a strong, united family can do for Special Olympics Colorado Programs at any age level. Congratulations on being named the Family of the Month!


rose sRose Shimonova
Volunteer of the Month

Rose Shimonova was recently named a Clinical Director for our Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program. At the recent State Flag Football Tournament, SOCO athletes received free vision screenings, and if needed, glasses were provided on the spot.

Rose is an optometrist at Insight Eyecare Center in Lakewood, Colorado, and has donated her time to be trained as a Special Olympics Clinical Director who directs and manages our Opening Eyes events. She is also fluent in Russian and Spanish.

Rose says she “I really enjoy working with the athletes and I always like to educate them on ways they can prevent any further damage to their eyes and care for themselves.” Congratulations Rose on being named the Volunteer of the Month, and thank you for all have done to support our athletes!

Jets Pizza picJet’s Pizza
Community Partner of the Month

Jet’s Pizza has increased their support participation each year, and we have loved having them as a community partner. They have donated their delicious pizza for our Polar Plunge after parties and Plane Pull, sponsored our Annual Golf Tournament, and held a giveback campaign in all four of their Colorado restaurant locations. Additionally, they were the presenting sponsor of the Young Professionals Board Unified Rapids Tailgate and donated pizza. Last, but certainly not least, they had a team at our Bocce and Brews event in October. Thank you to Jet’s Pizza for all you do to support our athletes and congratulations on being named the Community Partner of the Month!