June 2018 Winners


Tayla Toker
Female Athlete of the Month
Denver Region

Tayla is eight years old and has competed with Special Olympics Colorado as a Young Athlete and Unified Junior for the past two years. She competes in snowshoeing, soccer, and basketball. Her mother Tricia says, “Special Olympics Colorado is a wonderful program and has really helped Tayla improve her skills in the sports she plays. Tayla always looks forward to participating in Special Olympics!” Congratulations Tayla on being named the Female Athlete of the Month.

IMG_2139Alex Faber
Male Athlete of the Month
Southeast Region

Alex is an outgoing and energetic athlete who always jumps at the opportunity to volunteer. He has helped with Tip-A-Cop fundraising events and Special Olympics Colorado information booths to help spread the word about the programs we offer. Alex competes in basketball with the Sharks in the Southeast Region. Thanks for being such a great athlete example, Alex, and congratulations on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Male Athlete of the Month!




dianeDiane Hlavacek
Coach of the Month
Northeast Region

In 1980, Diane coached Special Olympics swimming in Loveland, Colorado. She returned to the swimming program in Loveland a few years ago and spent another three years as an assistant coach. This is her first year at the helm of the Loveland Aquatics program and she is making an immediate impact. Her dedication to athlete growth both in and out of the pool are what make Diane such a dynamic coach. On top of coaching she is constantly recruiting volunteers for her program, fundraising and volunteering at other Northeast Region events. Diane says, “My favorite part of coaching is the athletes! I love the hugs, smiles, laughter, and watching their faces light up when they learn new skills and improve their time.” Congratulations Diane on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Coach of the Month.



35577750864_85266aae1b_kThe Hall Family
Family of the Month
Denver Region

The Hall family has been part of the Special Olympics Colorado family for the past 13 years. Julian and Jordan (brothers) compete in tennis, flag football, soccer, basketball, track and field and bowling for the Denver Parks and Recreation program. Julian competed in tennis at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Their parents Charlotte and Gary love supporting their sons in everything they do. They help Special Olympics Colorado raise funds so that other families can share in the same experiences they have had. Congratulations to the Hall family on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Family of the Month!


KaiserKaiser Permanente
Volunteer of the Month

Kaiser Permanente has been a long supporter of Special Olympics Colorado through their employee volunteer program. They have volunteered at SOCO’s Fall Classic, Regional Winter Games and recently our State Basketball Tournament. Kaiser believes that “Giving back is giving forward” are we are so thankful they choose to give to our athletes. Congratulations on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Volunteer of the Month!



Denver7 News
Community Partner of the Month

Denver7 has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for over 8 years, and we are truly grateful for their support spreading our mission with their viewers! Denver7 has hosted live TV spots for SOCO to talk about upcoming fundraising events including the Polar Plunge Series, Law Enforcement Torch Runs, and Colorado Gives Day. They have also featured two SOCO athletes as reporters, giving them the opportunity to learn and grow as leaders. Denver7 has emceed the Aurora and Denver Polar Plunges, and have even plunged themselves two years in a row at our Denver Polar Plunge! Denver7’s Marc Stewart emceed our Plane Pull last year, and Lisa Hidalgo emceed our annual Hall of Fame event last year. Additionally, Denver7 hosted the first ever call center event for SOCO Law Enforcement, playing a crucial role in our Law Enforcement being able to raise almost $7,000 for our Young Athletes program. Thank you Denver7, for all that you do for the SOCO Community and congratulations on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Community Partner of the Month!