September 2018 Winners

Stephanie WeemsStephanie Weems
Female Athlete of the Month
Northeast Region

Stephanie Weems has been a Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) athlete in the Greeley community for 12 years and competes year-round in basketball, gymnastics, and bocce. Along with her infectious smile and her charming personality, she always brings a ray of light to the SOCO Northeast and State Competitions. She recently took fourth place in Bocce at our 2018 State Summer Classic. Congratulations Stephanie on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Female Athlete of the Month!




KyleVisser2_Colorado_AquaticsKyle Visser
Male Athlete of the Month
Denver Region

Kyle Visser has been a SOCO athlete for more than 15 years and has competed in swimming, softball, basketball, track and field, volleyball, flag football, and swimming. His swim coach Randy Hass describes him as “The ultimate sportsman, and is always the first to congratulate his peers and competitors.” Kyle represented Colorado at the 2018 USA Games in swimming and brought home gold!  And in March, Kyle will be representing Special Olympics USA in swimming at World Games in Abu Dhabi. At USA games, Kyle told his coach and teammates how great it was to meet the other athletes from other states because they would be his teammates for the world competition.  His humble leadership, strong work ethic, and his dedication to training, has inspired inspired us all. Congratulations Kyle on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Male Athlete of the Month!



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Shari Houser
Coach of the Month
Southeast Region

Shari started coaching for Special Olympics Colorado more than 2 years ago when an athlete told her he wanted to start a team where “Everyone would be able to participate, and no one sits on the bench.” She started the Steel City Heros who compete in swimming, basketball, bowling, bocce, and golf. The team has grown from just three athletes to now 40! SOCO Southeast Regional Manager Michelle Pewters describes Shari as “A positive role model for her athletes. She always has her athletes best interest in mind and creates a welcoming atmosphere for them and their families.” Congratulations Shari on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Coach of the Month!


The Meshefski Family
Family of the Month
Denver Region

The Mashefski Family has been involved with SOCO since 2009 when the Mashefski’s daughter Audrey started competing in bowling and basketball. Two years later, Audrey’s mom Lori loved being involved with SOCO and decided to become a coach for the Brighton/Henderson Happy Feet who compete in bowling, cycling and basketball. Congratulations to The Mashefski Family on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Family of the Month!



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Volunteers of the Month

Our volunteer group of the month is the Air Force Academy (AFA) Tennis Teams, led by Coach Dan Oosterhous and Coach Kim Gidley. For our annual State Summer Classic in Colorado Springs, the AFA brought both their men’s and women’s tennis teams to volunteer on both Saturday and Sunday with our athletes competing for state tennis titles. They went above and beyond to make sure our athletes had a wonderful experience. Congratulations to the Air Force Academy Tennis teams on being named the Special Olympics Colorado Volunteers of the Month, and thank you so much for your support.


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Community Partner of the Month

Congratulations to Clipped Wings for being recognized as Special Olympics Colorado’s Community Partner of the Month! Clipped Wings has been involved with SOCO for 21 years, and we are truly grateful for their support. Clipped Wings has volunteered every year at our Annual Golf Tournament, Mardi Gras, SOCO Ball, Plane Pull and Hall of Fame fundraising events. In addition to volunteering, they also donate funds to support SOCO athletes each year. They also provided funding to help Special Olympics Colorado’s athlete families travel to Seattle to see Team Colorado compete at USA Games. Thank you Clipped Wings, for all that you do for the SOCO Community!