Special Olympics Colorado September 2019 Newsletter

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference

Over 1,300 people gathered from all over the world Sept. 19-21 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center to attend the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference, which Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) was selected to host. The conference brought together law enforcement and Special Olympics staff from around the globe to share ideas and plan for the future.

In 2018, Colorado Law Enforcement raised more than $1 million for SOCO and more than $60 million was raised worldwide. Thank you to the members of our Conference Planning Committee who worked tirelessly for nearly two years to plan the conference. Take a look at the "Week in Review" video below!

Hall of Fame

On October 24th, exemplary individuals and supporters will be inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental! Join us as we share our vision for the future and celebrate our accomplishments this year! Please contact Alexandra VanderPol if you are interested in attending, hosting a table, or learning more about sponsorship opportunities.

Specialty License Plate Petition

Help celebrate SOCO athletes by signing the license plate petition today!

By signing this petition, you are helping us get one step closer to making this license plate available for all Colorado drivers (must be a registered CO driver to sign)!

CSU Recognized as Top 5 Unified Champion School by ESPN

From an honor roll list of 34 schools, Colorado State University was recognized by ESPN as one of the 2019 Top 5 Unified Champion Schools in the nation. They met the 10 national standards of inclusion and will receive a national banner presentation!

Congratulations, CSU! This is an incredible honor!

State Flag Football Volunteers Needed

Join us at our State Flag Football Tournament on Saturday, October 26th at the Colorado State University Intramural Fields in Fort Collins. If you're interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up.

Trick or Trivia

Join Special Olympics Colorado's Young Professionals Board for a night of Halloween trivia and tunes at Trick or Trivia!

Grab a team and test your knowledge of all things Halloween! Each person will receive two drink tickets and one prize ticket. The first 100 PEOPLE to sign up for this event will receive a gift bag full of Tito's Handmade Vodka products! Tito's will also donate $20 to Special Olympics Colorado for each ticket sold!

Don't forget to wear your Halloween costume - there will be an individual and group costume contest judged by Special Olympics Colorado athletes with spook-tacular trophies!

**Event is 21+

Special Olympics North America Golf Championship

Congratulations to Special Olympics Colorado athlete Vince Egan for participating in the SONA Golf Championship!

He finished in 4th place in Division 3 with a final score of 271. Way to go, Vince!

Trunk or Treat & Harvest Festival

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Special Olympics Colorado Trunk or Treat & Harvest Carnival on Saturday, October 26!

The evening will include a Trunk or Treat Street, where everyone can go trick or treating out of decorated cars and SOCO volunteers will be handing out candy! There will also be face painting, storytelling, a bounce house and more!

Special Olympics Colorado Athletes, Unified Partners, family and friends of all ages are invited to attend- all ticket proceeds support our Young Athletes!

Questions? Contact Mandi DeWitt.

Former Saint Craft Kitchen Discount for SOCO Supporters!

For the entire month of October, Hyatt Regency Denver's restaurant, Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps, is offering a 20% discount for anyone who is a Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) supporter! Just tell your server about how you support SOCO to receive the discount, and don't forget to say hi to SOCO Athlete, Amanda Leonard while you're there!

Snow Ball

Join us for the holiday party of the season! Attendees of the exclusive Snow Ball presented by The Smile Generation will enjoy a festive evening with heavy d'oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, and a special performance by local Denver band, Slopeside!

The Early Bird Discount has been extended! Save $10 on your ticket now through October 15 - buy your ticket today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, please contact Adrian Mora to learn more.

12 Bars of Charity

Special Olympics Colorado is once again participating in 12 Bars of Charity Bar Crawl! This holiday themed bar crawl has 12 Downtown Denver bars participating. Your ticket includes a red 12 Bars of Charity sweatshirt, a $15 donation to SOCO, free shuttle rides to all the bars, and free admission to the bars!

Registration only costs $25 now until October 5th, so grab your tickets before the price goes up! This year, Special Olympics Colorado is the RED Team, don't forget to select Special Olympics Colorado when checking out!

Donut Derby

The first ever Special Olympics Colorado Donut Derby was a success! We sold about 2,700 donuts and raised over $25,000 for SOCO athletes! Thank you to everyone who bought a donut and congratulations to the winners!

Meet Stephanie Levine, our Athlete Leadership and Family Services Coordinator

Stephanie joins SOCO as the new Athlete Leadership and Family Services Coordinator, after having lived in Vancouver, BC for the past year. There she was implementing reading and math interventions for kids and adults with Down Syndrome.

Stephanie has also worked as a Special Education Teacher, in addition to Adam's Camp, Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, Higher Visions for Education, and the Wayfairing Band.

Stephanie’s goal is to incorporate further leadership opportunities for SOCO athletes and continue to implement our mission through advocacy alongside our wonderful athletes.

Favorite Sport: (to watch) Hockey!! (to play) Volleyball!

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Hobbies: Anything outside! Hiking, camping, snowboarding. Do cooking and eating count?

What do you love about SOCO? Learning something new every second of everyday!! Our athletes have so much to teach me (and us) about the world, and how to change it for the better it is truly inspiring. Being able to work alongside them to advocate for a more inclusive society and implement the change to do so is everything I could have asked for!

Feel free to reach out to Stephanie at slevine@SpecialOlympicsco.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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