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Special Olympics Colorado JANUARY NEWS

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Special Olympics Colorado Athlete Chaz Moss met Eddie Yarbrough while they were students at Grandview High School. During his senior year, Eddie helped start a Special Olympics Colorado Unified Basketball Team bringing students with and without disabilities together on the same court. Now Eddie is a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills.

By being one of the first to participate in Unified Sports at Grandview High School, Eddie gained an understanding of why inclusion is so important, and has brought that with him to the NFL. In December, Eddie wore cleats designed by the current students of the Grandview High School Unified Program, in support of Special Olympics Colorado, as part of the NFL's My Cause My Cleats Campaign. Chaz was there to cheer him on! Check out the 9News Story!

SOCO Athletes Headed to X-Games and NBA All-Star Game!

Congratulations to Special Olympics Colorado Athletes Cody Field and Joey Franken who will compete in the X-Games Unified Snowboard Race in Aspen, Colorado on January 24! Also, congratulations to Kyle Emery who has been chosen to play in the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the NBA All-Star Weekend in February! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on our athletes!

The 2019 Polar Plunge Series presented by Westerra Credit Union is upon us! Strut, dance or run into chilly waters at 7 locations across the state, enjoy treats at Plunge Plaza sponsored by Team Select Home Care, and party at the After Splash Bash sponsored by New York Life!

Not interested in plunging? Participate in one of our 5Ks at the Denver or Aurora Plunges, or play it safe in the Chicken Coop sponsored by Chik-fil-A!

The Plunge Series will run from February 23 - April 19. Visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org/PlungeCO to learn more and register!

Congratulations to our January Winners!

Kaeda MacMillan - Female Athlete of the Month

Michael Shumake - Male Athlete of the Month

Doug Slater - Coach of the Month

The Kidder Family - Family of the Month

Rosie Shimonova - Volunteer of the Month

Jet's Pizza - Community Partner of the Month

Athlete Leaders and Mentors!

Athlete Leaders: Would you like to be a part of the first Athlete Leadership Programs University (ALPs U)? The inaugural spring semester of ALPs U will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Metro State University in Denver. You can APPLY HERE if you are interested or click here to learn more about our Athlete Leadership Programs.

Mentors: Would you like to mentor an athlete studying leadership in communication, health and fitness, or governance? To apply to be an ALPs U Mentor for 2019, you must be able to commit to being at Metro State University on March 30 from 8am-6pm. Please APPLY HERE if you are interested. For questions, please email Georgia@SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

2019 Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame! Who will be the 2019 Male & Female Athletes of the Year? And, who will be the 2019 Volunteer, Law Enforcement Agency and Unified Champion School of the Year? Your nomination counts, so make sure to click below and submit your nomination by January 31, 2019.

Top Photos of the Month

Photos Courtesy of Brian Johnson Photo

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