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Special Olympics Colorado February News

SOCO Athletes and Coaches Headed to Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi!

We are proud to be sending a great delegation from Colorado to represent the USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, being held March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Special Olympics USA Team includes 218 athletes, 63 coaches, and approximately 34 delegation members. This is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Games in history. An estimated 7,500 athletes from 176 nations will compete in 24 Olympic-type sports!

Kyle Visser from Parker will compete in swimming, Jeremy MacLeod from Englewood will compete in cycling, Scott Beckstead from Durango will coach cycling, Aspen DeField from Arvada will coach bowling, and Jenny Chase will be an Assistant Head of Delegation for Special Olympics USA. Snowboarding Unified Pair Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl (SOCO Athlete) and Enzo Ewari (Unified Partner) will be participating in the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum in Dubai and Athlete Leader Hanna Atkinson will be attending in her role as a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. Our SOCO Staff Members Chaka Sutton will be attending as a Director of Family Services, Ben Wrubel as a Unified Sports Director, and Georgia David and Paige Clough as SOCO Athlete Mentors. Cheer for USA and follow our athletes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Join the SOCO Unified Musical Group!

Athletes and Unified Partners! Do you sing or play an instrument and want to be part of the SOCO Unified Musical Group? We will perform at SOCO events and sing the national anthem at our competitions and other events in the community. Please contact Alyssa at ASvalberg@SpecialOlympicsCO.org if you are interested.

Splash, Dash or Both at the Wash Park Pool Plunge & 5K Presented by Westerra Credit Union on March 10!

Splash, dash or both at the Wash Park Pool Plunge & 5K presented by Westerra Credit Union on March 10! Runners will receive a fanny pack, plungers will receive a long sleeve shirt and all participants (21+) will receive a free beer at the After Party sponsored by New York Life! Click here to learn more!

Tax time is upon us and you can help end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities. Whether you are getting a tax refund or not, you can make a donation to Special Olympics Colorado on Line 9 of the Colorado Tax Form. As one of the 20 charities listed, Special Olympics Colorado must raise $75,000 to remain on the form. Your gift may be deductible on your 2018 taxes. Your gift stays in Colorado and will change lives. Click here to learn more.

The SOCO State Winter Games presented by United Airlines is this weekend (March 2-3) at Copper Mountain! Come cheer on our more than 200 athletes and unified partners who will be competing in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Through our Healthy Athletes Program, our athletes and unified partners will also be receiving free Special Smiles dental screenings presented by Comfort Dental, and Fit Feet screenings. We can't wait to celebrate our athletes at the opening ceremony, torch ski-down, fireworks and victory dance on Saturday night!

We are still looking for volunteers for this competition! Click here if you or someone you know is interested. Our accommodation sponsor Hotel Engine has a great lodging deal for you! Click here to get discounted lodging options and a portion of the proceeds comes back to Special Olympics Colorado!

Spread the Word Inclusion Day is March 6!

Respectful and inclusive words and actions are essential to our movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Spread the Word Inclusion Campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics Colorado and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance so that we can end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. Join us on March 6 and Spread the Word about the importance of inclusion through your community, school, pledge drives, youth rallies and online! Click here to learn more.

Top Photos of the Month

Photos Courtesy of Brian Johnson Photo

Westerra Credit Union Named Community Partner of the Month

Westerra Credit Union has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado as an Annual Partner since 2014. They have engaged with our athletes and programs in almost every way possible. Westerra is the presenting sponsor of the Polar Plunge Series and the Westerra Team raises funds and takes the plunge for our athletes. They hold R-Word Campaigns in every branch location, and their employees even wear SOCO t-shirts! Westerra Credit Union recently won two national awards through the Credit Union National Association in connection with our partnership to help raise awareness for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Their support helps fund programming in 361 Unified Champion Schools. They also donate $52.80 to SOCO when a new account is opened. Thank you to Westerra Credit Union for your ongoing support of our athletes and congratulations on being named the Community Partner of the Month!

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