Monthly Winners


Maddy Fletcher
Female Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Maddy Fletcher, SOCO’s Female Athlete of the Month! Maddy started with Special Olympics Colorado in January when Coach Regina started the Unified Juniors team in Woodland Park.  She has competed in basketball and soccer, but is also interested in trying out cheerleading and swimming!

Maddy’s hobbies are drawing, swimming, singing, dancing and playing the drums.




David Riley
Male Athlete of the Month

David Riley newsletter recognitionDavid has been competing with Special Olympics for about 24 years! He competes in basketball, flag football, track, and softball. I’ve competed in floor hockey and volleyball.

David’s favorite sport is basketball, “because my team is very competitive and sometimes we win gold.”

He loves to read, hang out with friends and family.

David works at Coors Field and the Pepsi Center.  He also volunteers at Belleview Suites assisted living and the public library and is a Fitness Leader for Special Olympics that he says he really enjoys.

Congratulations, David for being our May Male Athlete of the Month!



perez familyPerez Family
Family of the Month

The Perez Family has been involved in so many ways-  Maria Perez has been coaching, volunteering and fundraising about 25+ years, and several family members are SOCO athletes!

Maria has significantly helped with SOCO’s annual fundraiser, the SOCO Ball! She’s always coming up with new ways to raise money for her team and Special Olympics Athletes!  She has a “can do” attitude and helps wherever she is needed. Her daughters, Jessica and Jennifer help her with coaching bowling, skiing, and aquatics. Jessica has also helped coach gymnastics.

Maria says, “When I’m out in the community there’s always an athlete coming up to me and giving me hugs which makes me feel so special. Our team treats each other like family – everyone is always looking out for each other!”

Thank you to the Perez Family for all of your support of Special Olympics Colorado!



Bernard Clevens
Volunteer of the Month

bernard-clevens-fcb01570We’re thrilled to honor Bernard Clevens as our May Volunteer of the Month! As the newly elected Chair of the SOCO Young Professionals Board, Bernard leads a group of around 70 board members in fundraising, event planning, and volunteering for Special Olympics Colorado. He also recently became a mentor for an athlete leader, Jason Horton, through the Athlete Leadership Programs University (ALPs U) sponsored by Comfort Dental where he will provide support for Jason as he gains leadership experience to help him grow off the field. Thank you Bernard, for your continued support of SOCO!




United Airlines
Community Partner of the Month

united team photoCongratulations to United Airlines, our May Community Partner of the Month! United Airlines is one of our Silver Level Annual Partners and have been involved with Special Olympics here in CO and globally. Earlier this year they were the presenting sponsor of our State Winter Games, which welcomed more than 250 athletes for the two-day event. They have come to our events as volunteers, participated in our Athlete Leadership program and even held an internal volunteer day, where United employees created signs and good luck letters for our athletes!

United is also a supporter of and participant in the Polar Plunge Series, where they took home the Team Spirit Award.

Additionally, they have just committed to their “largest” donation yet…an airplane that will be used at our Plane Pull event on August 17th! Thank you, United, for all of the tremendous things you have done for Special Olympics Colorado and congratulations!