September 2017 Recognition Winners

Michael Marincic
Male Athlete of the Month
Western Region

Michael has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado for over 15 years with the Mountain Valley Developmental Services teams in Glenwood Springs. He competes year-round in snowshoeing, basketball, athletics, bocce and bowling. Michael has moved up to the 5k run in track and field just within this past year. Michael works at Mountain Valley Weavers which is now called Art on 8th in Glenwood Springs for many years. He also works at River Blend Coffee House and volunteers at the Glenwood Springs Library. Michael loves to help raise money for SOCO and runs in the Strawberry Shortcut 5K that benefits local Special Olympics Colorado teams. He is also one of the first to volunteer at the Chili’s Tip-A-Cop fundraiser. Congratulations Michael on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Male Athlete of the Month!

Lily Spletzer
Female Athlete of the Month
Young Athlete

Lily has the rare disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type HT. She experiences three dozen different symptoms, and was diagnosed with her rare disease this February. Special Olympics Colorado has been a great way for her to meet other kids with similar health conditions. Special Olympics is so important to Lily because she loves to swim and spend time with her friends she has met on her swim teams. Lily has been involved with many of the Kroenke Sports Charities events and loves to interact with all of the athletes, especially the Avalanche Ice Girls. Congratulations to Lily on being named the Female Athlete of the Month!


The Stratton Family
Family of the Month presented by Charles Schwab
Denver Region

Mary and Brad Stratton have been involved in Special Olympics Colorado for the past 15 years and their son Ryan competes with in Special Olympics programs in Aurora. Fifteen years of practices, competitions and fundraisers have kept the Strattons busy! Mary helps coordinate the Aurora Program, Brad competes as a Unified Partner in golf, and they both step in to help coach Ryan in sports when needed. The Strattons have been a huge asset to the Special Olympics Colorado family over the years and we love having them as part of the SOCO family. Congratulations to the Stratton Family on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Family of the Month!

Richard Garcia
Volunteer of the Month
Southeast Region

Richard is long-time Special Olympics volunteer and runs the Southeast bocce competition at the Southeast Summer Classic. He also helps coordinate and run the bocce competition at the State Summer Classic. Richard trains volunteers months in advance of competitions to make sure SOCO athletes and families have a memorable and fun experience. SOCO Southeast Area Manager Jolie Nesmith adds, “He is an amazing person to work with and is always a joy to see on the bocce court.” Congratulations to Richard on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Volunteer of the Month!

Marvin Kanski
Coach of the Month
Denver Region

Marvin has been coaching Special Olympics Colorado teams in the Cherry Creek program for a year including volleyball, track & field and softball.  Marvin’s positive attitude, smile, and willingness to help in any situation makes him the perfect coach.  He always puts his athletes’ needs before his own and has a true servant’s heart. Marvin is a great role model and a joy to be around. Congratulations to Marvin on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Coach of the Month!

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Torch Run


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has been heavily involved with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Colorado this year.  Led by Sheriff Matt Lewis, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office staged the first ever Torch 5K Glow Run in Grand Junction and raised over $3,400. This past summer, members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office carried the torch to the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies and cheered on SOCO athletes at many of the competitions. They have also helped fundraise at both the Chili’s and Red Robin Tip-A-Cop events. Congratulations Mesa County Sheriff’s on being named the Special Olympics Colorado LETR Agency of the Month.

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