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Special Olympics Colorado March 2020 Newsletter

A Message from the CEO

I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing as well as can be expected, and at home staying safe and healthy. Although these times are certainly unprecedented, I hope that the knowledge that each of us is surrounded (virtually) by our entire Special Olympics community brings us all great joy and a feeling of comfort and connection.

Our team has been working very hard to keep our athletes and community at large as engaged as possible, including through:

However, we want to hear from you! What can we do to help you feel more connected to our mission and each other? Message us on Facebook or email Info@SpecialOlympicsCO.org with your suggestions!

Thank you to our wonderful community for being such a ray of sunshine in all of our lives! Together, we will get through these difficult times!

Sincerely, Megan Scremin

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The heartbreaking truth is that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at greater risk for COVID-19. And with a history of people with ID often being denied medical services, the current public health crisis makes this time especially scary for our athletes and their families.

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We must show athletes they are not forgotten and that they deserve equal access to care and treatment. Make a gift to Special Olympics and see it MATCHED to give two times the hope, support, and life-changing opportunities to athletes!

Just because we are stuck at home doesn't mean that we cannot all stay active and connected! Check-out our Virtual Resources below:

Thanks for Spreading Inclusion!

Thank you to the thousands of students, athletes, teachers and community members who participated in the "Spread the Word: Inclusion" Campaign presented by The Smile Generation!

There is still time to take the pledge (here)!

FAMILY NEWSLETTER AND SURVEY

We are excited to announce the return of the quarterly SOCO Family Newsletter and are eager to hear from you about what you want to see included!

ACTION ITEM: Family members, please take this short survey.

ACTION ITEM: Click here to sign-up for the Family Newsletter.

Meet Stephanie Levine, Athlete Leadership and Family Services Coordinator

Stephanie joined us this past August during her move back to Denver from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Prior to living there, she was a high school special education teacher in Commerce City for four years. Stephanie has a strong connection to our community and is a passionate advocate alongside of our athletes on our journey towards inclusion. She kicked off our ALPs U Program in the Fall at the University of Denver and is excited to get the ball rolling for the upcoming semester!!

Stress Management Suggestions through Strong Minds

Need some suggestions for how to keep the mind healthy and strong during this time of physical distancing?

Tips from the CDC on Managing Stress and Anxiety with your Family.

• Take time to talk with your family about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that each family member can understand.

• Reassure your family that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you. Weekly, SOCO will be posting Emotional Wellness tools onto our Fit 5 Facebook Page.

• Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. It can be easy to misinterpret what is being said and can be frightening.

• Try to keep up with regular routines. With schools and practices being disrupted, create a schedule for learning, relaxing and fun activities.

• Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members. Join the Fit 5 Challenge, helping you stay both healthy and connected!

Family Health Forum

This year Special Olympics Colorado is excited to be hosting a Family Health Forum. At the forum, we look forward to offering a variety of local resources, services, and partners, a speaker series, and plenty of fun giveaways! Stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations to Smoky Hill & Mead High School!

Smoky Hill High School and Mead High School both received their National Unified Champion School Banners earlier this month! They are 2 of the 14 schools in Colorado to receive a National Banner this year. Learn more about National Unified Champion Schools here.

SOCO Athletes Presented to House Finance Committee

Special Olympics Colorado athletes and family members visited the Colorado State Capitol to testify in support of the SOCO Specialty License Plate and Tax Check-Off Bill.

Thanks for Plunging!

Photos by Brian Johnson Photo and Amy Wiles

A great time was had by all at the Polar Plunge Series presented by Westerra Credit Union. Thanks to our incredible sponsors and everyone's support we were able to raise $508,640 with three (postponed) plunges still to come!

Stay tuned for new dates for the postponed Colorado Springs, Avon, and RiNo plunges!

This tax season, you can help end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities. Make a donation to Special Olympics Colorado on Line 9 of the Colorado Tax Form.

Meet Chaka Sutton, Senior VP of Competitive Programs and Unified Schools

Favorite Sports: College Football (to watch) and Golf (to play)

Hometown: Greenville, MS

Hobbies: Cooking, golf, and family

What do you love about SOCO? Being able to see the impact of our work at the grassroots level and seeing the lives it changes daily. Knowing that it not only impacts our athletes but it also impacts our coaches, Unified partners and volunteers and their entire community just as much. 

If you have questions about Unified Champion Schools, contact Chaka at css@specialolympicsco.org!

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