Special Olympics Colorado February, 2020 Newsletter

Polar Plunge & 5K at Wash Park TOMORROW!

The 2020 Polar Plunge Series presented by Westerra Credit Union is in full swing!

The Denver Polar Plunge and 5K is next! You can plunge (into a pool), participate in the 5K presented by Anytime Fitness or do both! ⁠The After Splash Bash presented by The Smile Generation will be hopping with a beer garden, s'mores bar, hot chocolate and fun for all ages!

Can't make it to the Denver Plunge? There are still five more to come! Click here to register for a Plunge near you!

Thank you to all of our Polar Plunge sponsors!

State Basketball is coming up!

Mark your calendars for the State Basketball Tournament from March 20-22 at Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood! Click here to for event information and here to volunteer.

Spread the Word: Inclusion Day on March 4th!

As part of our ongoing effort to end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities, thousands of students from across the state will be taking part in Inclusion Campaigns within their schools surrounding Spread the Word: Inclusion Day.

This month (and everyday) we are encouraging everyone to pledge to be a teammate, be a friend, welcome someone who has been left out or say hello to someone new.

There are so many ways to spread inclusion. Choose yours. Click here to take the pledge and join us in making inclusion a reality for all people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thank you to our Inclusion Campaign presenting sponsor, The Smile Generation.

Seeking Athletes and Mentors for ALPs U!

ALPs University presented by Ent Credit Union Spring Semester will be held on April 5th at the University of Denver.

ALPs U is a great opportunity for SOCO athletes to build confidence, make friends and develop their skills by taking college type courses in areas such as leadership, communication, governance and health & fitness.

With questions, contact Athlete Leadership Coordinator, Stephanie Levine. Thank you to our ALPs U presenting sponsor, Ent Credit Union and our event sponsor, Comfort Dental.

Choose Inclusion This Tax Season

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.

Spend a Week at Camp Shriver!

Interested in an overnight camp with Special Olympics Colorado? Apply to attend Camp Shriver this summer!

We're still looking for six more camp counselors from Special Olympics College Clubs and four more Unified Partners. Applications for athletes are still open!

If you're interested, click here to apply! Applications are due by Tuesday, March 17.

Questions? Contact Unified Schools Manager, Rick Brady.

Calling All Volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering for Special Olympics Colorado events? We have multiple opportunities coming up, including our Boulder Polar Plunge, Fort Collins Polar Plunge, Denver Regional Basketball Tournament, and State Basketball Tournament.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, check out our website or contact our Volunteers Manager, Jenny at jmontoya@specialolympicsco.org.

Winter Games presented by United was out of this world!

Photo by David Kennedy

Over 800 athletes, Unified Partners, coaches, and volunteers attended this year's State Winter Games presented by United Airlines. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a huge success!

Thanks for coming to the Aurora Plunge!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Aurora Polar Plunge and 5K presented by Westerra Credit Union at Aurora Reservoir last week! A big shout our to our highest fundraisers. Thank you for all of your support!

Thank you Lukas Liquors!

Owner of Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree, Joe, hosted a fundraiser for Special Olympics Colorado’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Program and raised over $17,000! Without support from our friends in the community, we could not do what we do for our athletes. For information on hosting a fundraiser of your own for SOCO, please contact Victoria MacFarlane at victoria@specialolympicsco.org.

Meet Lauren McClintock, our Northeast Regional Manager

Favorite Sport: Football

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Hobbies: I like to travel and in the summer, I like to kayak, paddle-board, and hike!

What do you love about SOCO? I love the culture and the people! I also love being a part of the different opportunities that athletes get to experience.

If you have any questions about program in the Northeast Region, contact Lauren at lmcclintock@specialolympicsco.org!

SOCO In The News

Colorado Garden and Home Show Teams up with Special Olympics Colorado for 61st Annual Show

Colorado's Top Youth Volunteers Of 2020 Selected By National Program

Special Olympic athlete Scotty Stephens will represent the Rapids in NY Fashion Week to debut new kit

Colorado Rapids unveil new “Nine Six” kit

Athlete With Down Syndrome Debuts Major League Soccer Jersey in New York

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Winter Games in February

Special Olympic athlete Scotty has the experience of a lifetime at MLS jersey unveil

Denver Nuggets honor Special Olympics Colorado athlete Shahe as Nugget For A Day

Meet Special Olympics Colorado CEO and President

Challenge Aspen athletes excited, honored to compete at NASTAR Nationals in Snowmass

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić, SOCO athlete Nate Wade participate in Unified All-Star Game

61st annual Colorado Garden and Home Show kicks off this weekend in Denver

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Money Raised For Special Olympics Colorado By Denver Police Recruits

Breckenridge resident works to grow Summit Special Olympics ahead of Winter Games

16 things to do in and around Colorado Springs this weekend - Winter Games

Around Town: Polar Plunge and Carnivale Parade

Going for Gold

Nuggets bring Pepsi Center atmosphere to Unified Games and Special Olympics Colorado

Cool Schools: East High School engages students through clubs and organizations

Annual Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

Plunge season 2020 benefits Special Olympics Colorado athletes

Things to Do in Boulder in March 2020

Aurora All Star - Nate Wade

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