Special Olympics Colorado
384 Inverness Parkway, Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for more than 20,000 athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2 and up, at no charge to the athletes or their families.
Special Olympics Colorado also offers Unified Sports programs in each sport, pairing up athletes with disabilities and people without disabilities on teams together. The Unified Schools Strategy is growing rapidly, and over 200 Colorado schools at the elementary, middle and high school offer the Special Olympics Unified programs through the funding and guidance of Special Olympics Colorado.
Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.
Research shows that 64% of people with intellectual disabilities who also compete in Special Olympics are employed whereas just 10% of people with intellectual disabilities who are not active in sports are employed.
Story about Vince Sanchez, John F. Kennedy High School student and athlete
Story about Hanna Atkinson, Special Olympics Colorado athlete and Denver7 Reporter
Story about Austin Shepard, Special Olympics athlete and entrepreneur