Special Olympics Colorado November, 2019 Newsletter

This Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for being such an important part of the Special Olympics Colorado Family!

As we celebrate SOCO's 50 years, it is important to take the time to reflect and give thanks to everyone who has made this incredible movement and our life-changing programs possible.

To the parents who drive athletes to early morning practices, show up for every competition, celebrate victories and provide comfort in defeat: Thank you.

To the coaches who serve as role models and character-builders as they help our athletes achieve their best: Thank you.

To the volunteers who help host over 100 events around Colorado every year: Thank you.

To the supporters who provide athletes with equipment, health screenings, and everything else they need to compete: Thank you.

To those who play Unified Sports and show the world how to replace fear and division with friendship and teamwork: Thank you.

To everyone who fights discrimination against people with intellectual differences by standing up to bullying and fighting for inclusion: Thank you.

And to the athletes who inspire us all in the face discrimination and demonstrate that the world is beautiful in its diversity: Thank you.

Together we're changing the world. I can't wait to see what we do in the next 50 years.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving,

Our Athletes' Time is Now.

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is coming up on December 10! Help us reach our goal of $200,000 Schedule your donation today to support athletes across the state. Click here to find out how you can help us spread the word!

Learning to be a Leader at ALPs U

More than 50 athlete leaders gathered on November 3 for the Fall semester of the Athlete Leadership Program University (ALPs U).

Throughout the day, athletes learned about leadership skills and took courses in health and fitness, governance and communication. The day even started out with a group Zumba Class!

Thank you to Comfort Dental for supporting ALPs U! For more information about becoming an athlete leader or mentor, contact Stephanie Levine.

Hibernation is over. The 2020 Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is here!

This year, there will be 8 different Plunge locations: Aurora, Pueblo, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Avon, and RiNo!

Texas Roadhouse Tip-A-Cop Thursday, December 5th

The Texas Roadhouse Tip-A-Cop is this Thursday, December 5th! By dining out at Texas Roadhouse, you'll meet Special Olympics Colorado athletes and Law Enforcement officers waiting tables together to raise money for SOCO! All tips will go to support our athletes and life-changing programs!

Generation Unified at the Youth Summit

At the 2019 Unified Youth Summit, more than 100 athletes, unified partners, and educators from schools across the state got together to discuss how to engage more students in inclusive activities, best practices for promoting the Inclusion Campaign, as well as tips on social media, stress management, and much more!

The Youth Activation Committee (YAC) was responsible for all of the planning and put in a lot of hard work to make this event happen, so thank you to the YAC and to everyone who attended!

Thank you also to Legend High School for hosting us!

Only 535 Signatures to go for the Specialty License Plate!

If you are a CO licensed driver, sign the petition today!

State Fall Classic presented by TD Ameritrade

It was a great day at State Fall Classic! More than 400 athletes and unified partners competed in bowling and volleyball thanks to the support of over 100 volunteers from TD Ameritrade, Johns Manville, ADT and others!

Congratulations to all of the athletes!

❄ It's time to get festive! ❄

The 2019 Snow Ball presented by The Smile Generation is next week on Saturday, December 7 starting at 6pm! It's time to dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a winter-themed celebration.

Ticket sales end December 2nd and there are only a few left! Get your tickets today!

Please contact Adrian Mora to learn more.

CSU National Unified Champion School Banner Presentation

On November 16 during the CSU vs. Air Force Academy football game, Colorado State University received their National Banner Presentation for being an ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion School.

The Special Olympics College Club at CSU held a tailgate and press conference before the game and participated in the Ram Walk with the CSU football team. ESPN's Michele Steele then joined them in presenting the banner during the game's halftime.

The leadership shown by CSU College Club leaders Mallory Gustin and Liz Belecky was the highlight of this honor for CSU. The presentation was just the icing on the cake after three days of inclusive programming including a Unified flag football intramural game, a social night filled with games and a stress management station.

Congratulations to CSU for being named an ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion School and receiving a National Banner Presentation!

Last chance to get your 12 Bars of Charity tickets!

12 Bars of Charity is in two weeks, on Saturday, December 14th! Don't miss your chance to attend the bar crawl of the year! Join the Red Team and support Special Olympics Colorado at the 12 Bars of Charity!

Group sale ends tomorrow, December 1st!

Get your ticket today!

Meet Ashtyn Egger, our Young Athletes Coordinator

Favorite Sport: Football because it's something that my whole family enjoys doing together whether it's watching or playing.

Hometown: Billings, Montana

Hobbies: Photography and being outside.

What do you love about SOCO? Working with Young Athletes, I love getting to see the kids' faces and knowing that what I'm doing is making a difference in people's lives.

If you have any questions about the Young Athletes Program, contact Ashtyn at aegger@specialolympicsco.org!

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