Female Athlete of the Month
Bonny Highland has been a Special Olympics Colorado Athlete since 2005. She competes in bowling, bocce, and figure skating. Bonny is often described as one of the hardest workers. She really loves ice skating and even still practices one day a week in the off season. Bonny’s coach Karen said, “Bonny is a lot of fun, she is just a neat person and is very outgoing. Bonny loves to talk with others and make new friends.” Congratulations Bonny on being named Female Athlete of the Month.
Zack McKinnon is a reliable, fun, caring, and enthusiastic member of the Montrose Special Olympics Team. As a high school freshman, Zack competed in basketball flag football, snowshoeing, and track and field. Zack is a student in the school district transition class and is employed by Wendy’s. Congratulations Zack on being named the Male Athlete of the Month!
Don Dillehay coaches basketball, bowling, snowshoeing, and track and field at Brush High School. He has been coaching for 37 years and as you watch his basketball team play, it’s apparent that he loves his team and understands the true meaning of a unified generation. His teams plays with great sportsmanship, enthusiasm, determination, and togetherness. Don said, “It is my passion to coach athletes with special needs and see them gain confidence. Special Olympics Colorado is very special to our athletes and they love to be involved. Because of my involvement with Special Olympics, my heart has become larger.” Congratulations Don on being named the Coach of the Month!
The Garcia Family (Donna, Wayne, Erin, Preston, and Amelie) have been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for 2 years ever since Amelie, a Special Olympics Colorado Young Athlete, started participating in preschool playing basketball with the Young Athletes program. Recently the family participated at the Denver7 Law Enforcement Torch Run Donation Call Center. Donna says, “Through Special Olympics, we have been able to connect with other families, celebrate diversity, and love people for who they are. We are grateful and blessed for Special Olympics Colorado.” Congratulations to the Garcia Family on being named the Family of the Month!
Jesse Larson has been an amazing new addition to our Healthy Athletes volunteer team. She attended three of our most recent health screenings and assisted with both the MedFest (sports physicals) and Fit Feet (podiatry). Her outgoing nature and eagerness to learn has made her involvement with Special Olympics Colorado a perfect match. Jesse is a current PA student at Red Rock and is hoping to become a provider in Pediatric Orthopedics. Jesse says, “Working with Special Olympics has been more than a volunteering opportunity. It is so much fun and truly inspiring to see the smiles on everyone’s faces. The enthusiasm and commitment shown at each event is unlike anywhere else, and I hope to be able to continue my work with Special Olympics well after I finish my PA studies.” Congratulations Jesse on being named the Volunteer of the Month!
The UCCS Athletic Department came on board this year as an official Special Olympics College. The women’s softball team hosted a whiffle ball tournament for our college-aged athletes and is currently recognizing athletes and their families at all of their home games, including having our athletes throw out the first pitch. The women’s soccer and basketball teams have also started getting involved. Thank you to Heather Sanders, Nate Gibson, Karli Hughes and Whitney Weber for helping us start this program and congratulations on being the Community Partner of the Month!