Give

Giving can mean so many things to so many different people. One common thread for people who give – those who give usually benefit as much as those who receive. We encourage you to give to Special Olympics Colorado in a way that works for you.

    Ways to Give

    Individual Giving

    Donate NowFinancial contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and can be made throughout the year. Your gift can do so much to impact the experience of our Special Olympics athletes.

    *$10,000 will fund the implementation of two new Project UNIFY high schools, impacting 2,100 students – changing school climates into a welcoming and inclusive place of all students, using the platform of sports and the power of youth leadership. In these schools, bullying and school violence will be reduced and character development, volunteerism and youth leadership will flourish.

    *$5,100 covers the cost associated with a Summer Classic competition where 450 athletes have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in Bocce, Cycling, Golf, Softball and Tennis.

    *$2,511 will fund a Unified soccer team and a student led ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign (stop the use of the word ‘retard/retarded’) at one Project UNIFY school, engaging the ENTIRE student body

    *$996 will fund an entire flag football team for one season.

    *$517 covers the entire cost of a track and field meet for 150 eager athletes.

    *$255 will fund all of the training and competition for one athlete in his/her sport for an entire season.

    *$100 covers the cost for one athlete to bowl for eight weeks.

    *$50 provides medals and ribbons for 25 athletes.

    Special Olympics Colorado accepts donations online (click the ‘Donate Now’ button above) or through the mail. To contribute by mail, please make checks payable to Special Olympics Colorado and mail to our state office at:

    Special Olympics Colorado 384 Inverness Parkway, Suite 100 Englewood, CO 80112

    Feel free to call 720.359.3100 to speak with someone on our staff. To assure judicious financial stewardship of your contribution, Special Olympics Colorado will provide you with an acknowledgement letter signed by the President of Special Olympics Colorado for all cash contributions of $25 or more.

    Events

    Special Olympics Colorado and its local programs host a number of community events throughout the year. Please visit our website regularly for opportunities to participate, and like us on Facebook – it’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on with our athletes and how you can help contribute. The SOCO State Office puts on two public events and an invitational event to help raise additional funds each year. The Polar Plunge series in February is a fun way to get your family, friends and co-workers involved. The annual FirstBank Golf Tournament in June is another opportunity to give and participate. And, the Hall of Fame Breakfast in September is another popular event that draws hundreds of business leaders, donors, sports personalities and media together to celebrate the accomplishments of our top athletes, volunteers and supporters.

    Colorado Gives Day

    Special Olympics Colorado is one of many non-profits in Colorado participating in the online campaign which invites Coloradans to give on a certain day each December. Visit ColoradoGives.org to learn more.

    Memorials and Honorariums

    Gifts in honor of or in memory of friends and family are a dignified way to mark an occasion or remember a person’s special talents. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tiffani Lennon at 720.359.3111.

    Leave your legacy with Special Olympics Colorado

    Leave no athlete behind.  Include Special Olympics Colorado in your estate planning. Special Olympics Colorado: a best practice organization ensuring nearly .80 on every dollar is dedicated to our athletes.

    Planned gifts provide important benefits to the donor as well as Special Olympics Colorado. One simple way to remember Special Olympics Colorado is to include us in your will or estate. When you start thinking of charities that have made a difference in your life and the lives of your family members, please remember us. Many of our supporters have left a bequest of a specific amount or a percentage of their estate.

    There are many other charitable planned giving options available to you such as making a planned gift by naming Special Olympics Colorado as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan. Some of these planned giving strategies may have a greater tax benefit to you than others, so please consult with your attorney or financial advisor on which strategy would work best for you. If you, your attorney or financial advisor have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Special Olympics Colorado Development Department by calling 303.592.1361. We are happy to help!

    Have you already included Special Olympics in your will or estate plans? Please let us know so that we may welcome you into our Legacy Society. We want to thank you today for the difference your gift will make tomorrow!

    Community Health Charities

    SOCO is part of Community Health Charities of Colorado (CHC) – a workplace giving program that supports non-profit health agencies. CHC is a collaborative effort of 43 Colorado based health charities. CHC offers their member charities and campaign partners the power of efficient fundraising through payroll contribution. Workplace giving lets you spread out your donation over an entire year, allowing you to be more generous without ever writing a check. Ask your company about giving to SOCO through CHC.

    Vehicle Donations

    Cars Helping Charities

    Wondering what to do with your used car, truck, boat, RV or motorcycle? Donating your unwanted, but usable vehicle to Special Olympics Colorado, is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used vehicle will make a big difference in supporting Special Olympics Colorado and our 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

    Why not donate your vehicle today? All you need to do is to complete our simple online donation form or call 1.866.701.2277 and we’ll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. Be sure to mention Special Olympics Colorado as your charity of choice!!

    The vehicle donation program accepts automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, dirt bikes, tractors, riding mowers, golf carts, boats and trailers. Vehicles do NOT have to be running, but they must be complete vehicles without major damage.

    To review a list of Frequently Asked Questions please click here.

    Polar Plunge

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    Aurora Reservoir | February 7

    Horsetooth Reservoir | February 21

    Denver’s City Park | February 28

    Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs | February 28

    Boulder Reservoir | March 7

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    The Special Olympics Colorado Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is a fun and unique way to help support a great cause. You can challenge yourself to jump into a frigid body of water (either a pool or reservoir) and get pledges of financial support from your family and friends. “Plungers,” as participants are referred to, may take the Plunge as an individual or as a team member. Many Plungers come in costume and stay afterward for the festivities or to cheer on other Plungers!

    The Polar Plunge + 5K at Denver’s City Park is the combination of a 5K run followed by the Polar Plunge. Of course, you can participate in the 5K only if you choose. Want to learn more about “Splashing and Dashing?” Polar Plunge + 5K Flyer

    Fundraising Minimums & Fees Polar Plunge | $75 Student/Athlete Polar Plunge | $50

    City Park Only: 5K Run/Walk | $30 fee Early Bird Registration (Fee will be $35 on January 1, 2015, and $40 on February 28, 2015) Splash & Dash | $30 5K Fee + Polar Plunge Fundraising Minimum ($75 or $50)

    Become a Polar Plunge Ambassador

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We’ll see you at the Polar Plunge! Until then, enjoy our Photo Gallery from the 2014 Plunges!

    Thank You to our Sponsors!

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    Golf Tournament

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    Event Information

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Omni Interlocken Golf Course
    800 Eldorado Boulevard, Broomfield, CO 80021
    Individual registration is $325 and foursomes begin at $1,200.

    Please contact Megan Toohey for more information.

    Special Olympics Colorado Golf TournamentSpecial Olympics Colorado will host its 30th Annual Golf Tournament at the Omni Interlocken Golf Course on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. In addition to the fantastic golf tournament, players will also enjoy breakfast and a lunch banquet as well as exciting raffles and a Silent and Live Auction.

    The Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club is a beautiful 27-hole facility that is located between Denver and Boulder. With more than 400 feet in elevation changes, the course offers a stunning panoramic view of the Colorado Rockies. From the Vista’s fourth hole, one can see from the Front Range of Pike’s Peak in the South to Long’s Peak in the North, along with views of downtown Denver and the eastern plains. Stretching over 300 acres, this rolling 7,100 yard, par 72 course provides a truly exceptional experience for any golfer.

    All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Colorado as we work to provide life changing opportunities to athletes who train and compete, to their families who watch and cheer with excitement and pride, and to community members who volunteer and experience the determination and dignity of our athletes. Through year-round sports training, athletic competition, and other related programming for over 14,200 individuals with intellectual disabilities across Colorado, SOCO will continue to expand community awareness and forge a path of acceptance for these inspiring individuals. Special Olympics Colorado relies solely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. We are one of less than 6% of non-profits that do not receive any government funding nor charge a fee for service.

    Tournament Registration

    Click here for the 2014 FirstBank Golf Tournament Registration Form.

    Click here to register online.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for the FirstBank Golf Tournament. Click here to view our sponsorship flyer, or contact Megan Toohey for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are in need of volunteers to help out at the golf tournament. To register as a volunteer, click here.

    Auction

    Special Olympics Colorado is accepting items for the FirstBank Golf Tournament Auction. If you are interested in donating, please click here to view the auction donation form. Contact Megan Toohey for more information.

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    Mardi Gras

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    Join us for the biggest masquerade ball of the year!

    March 8, 2014

    Mardi Gras is one of the most unique and festive events held in Denver each year. The evening’s festivities include a dinner, live music, cocktail reception, auction, face-painting and other interactive activities. The 2012 event helped raise $70,000 to support the Denver metro area programs and to help offset cost associated with travel for SOCO athletes qualifying for the 2013 World Games in South Korea.

    Click here to purchase tickets!

    Tip-A-Cop

    Law Enforcement around the state of Colorado give a whole new meaning to “protect and serve” with the Tip-A-Cop events. Officers and Special Olympics athletes serve as celebrity waiters at local restaurants and encourage guests to donate their tips to Special Olympics Colorado.

    Tip-A-Cop has been a popular event for many officers and the public enjoys the opportunity to be waited on by our athletes and local officers while they learn more about LETR and Special Olympics.

    All tips are tax deductible and support sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Join our Law Enforcement and Special Olympics athletes on Saturday, October 25, for Tip-A-Cop at Red Robin Restaurants in Colorado! Click here for a list of participating Red Robin Restaurants.

    To host a Tip-A-Cop event through your agency, please contact Jan Gordon.

    Torch Run

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    During the month of May every year, hundreds of LETR officers and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games. On the West Steps of the Capitol Building in Denver, three flames are unified into a single torch, which will then head down the 16th Street Mall to the Pepsi Center before arriving at its final destination later that week — the host city for Summer Games.

    Additionally, Law Enforcement agencies across the state host Torch Runs in their own towns.

    Resources for Agencies: Hard Copy Torch Run Registration & Waiver | Flyer for Local Torch Runs

    2014 Torch Run Schedule

    Registration is now open! Click on the name of the run to learn more and to register. Additional runs will be added as we receive information.

    Saturday, May 3 | Garfield County Torch Run, Garfield County

    Saturday, May 3 | Teller County Sheriff’s Office, Woodland Park

    Friday, May 9 | Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office Torch Run, Brighton

    Saturday, May 10 | Pueblo Police Department Torch Run, Pueblo

    Thursday, May 15 | San Luis Valley

    Saturday, May 17 | Eagle County Torch Run, Eagle County

    Tuesday, May 20 | Tribute at the Capitol Torch Run, Denver – Tribute at the Capitol flyer

    Tuesday, May 20 | Arvada Police Department Torch Run, Arvada to Denver

    Thursday, May 22 | Salida/Buena Vista

    Thursday, May 22 | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Parker

    Thursday, May 22 | Douglas County Torch Run, Parker

    Thursday, May 22 | Montrose Police Department Torch Run, Montrose

    Saturday, May 24 | Escort Ride, Denver to Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction

    Saturday, May 24 | Mesa County Torch Run, Grand Junction

    Tuesday, May 27 | Aspen/Snowmass/Pitkin County

    Thursday, May 29 | Greeley-Weld Torch Run, Weld County

    Thursday, May 29 | Longmont Safety & Justice Torch Run, Longmont

    Thursday, May 29 | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Torch Run, Niwot

    Friday, May 30 | Larimer County Torch Run, Fort Collins

    Friday, May 30 | Fremont County Torch Run, Canon City

    Friday, June 6 | Boulder Police Department Torch Run, Boulder

    Friday, June 13 | Pikes Peak Region Torch Run, Manitou Springs

    Plane Pull®

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    Saturday, August 9, 2014 Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway Denver, CO 80249

    Register | Donate | Volunteer | “http://specialolympicsco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Plane-Pull-Sponsorship-Opportunities.pdf” target=”_blank”>Sponsorship Information | Vendor Information | FAQ’s | 2013 Plane Pull Photos | Fundraising Toolkit | Fundraising Incentives | 2013 Final Standings | Take the Corporate Challenge!

    Pulling for a Purpose! It’s a giant tug-of-war between you, your friends and a 164,000-pound airplane! Don’t miss out on the fun – teams of up to 25 people will compete to pull a jumbo jet 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time! Teams must raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate – that’s just $50 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 14,000 athletes of all ages. Highlights of this Special Olympics Colorado benefit include exciting exhibits, vendors, food and entertainment for all!

    Great Prizes! In addition to Fundraising Incentives, which you can earn by reaching certain fundraising levels, we have an excellent grand prize for our top fundraiser! The top fundraiser will receive two (2) Travel Certificates, each redeemable for one roundtrip flight between any two domestic cities with nonstop or connecting JetBlue-operated service as published on jetblue.com. Thank you, JetBlue!

    Plane Pull 2013Event Schedule

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Registration & Vendor Booths Open

    11:00 a.m. – Plane Pull Begins

    2:00 p.m. – Plane Pull Ends and Awards Ceremony (subject to change)

    Prizes Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

    -Fastest Team -Fastest LETR Team -Slowest Team -Most Team Spirit -Highest Fundraising Team* -Highest Individual Fundraiser* -Highest Fundraising LETR Team* *Fundraising awards will be determined based on online fundraising totals as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th

    Still not convinced you’ve got the muscles for the job? Join us as a volunteer, an event sponsor, an event exhibitor… or as a “fan” of Special Olympics Colorado. For more information on any of these exciting options, contact Megan Toohey.

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    Monthly Giving Club

    Support Special Olympics Colorado Year-Round!

    Giving monthly to Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) is simple and rewarding. The Monthly Giving Club is a group of committed donors who, through their regular, monthly gifts, help support over 14,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with SOCO.

    Membership Benefits:

    Making an impact — know you are helping over 13,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities with your monthly gift.
    Increased worth of gift and convenience — Automatic transfers decrease administrative costs for SOCO, so more of your gift goes directly to supporting athletes.
    Tax deductible — Monthly giving is recognized as an annual gift and is 100% tax deductible.
    0093 Recognition — All members will receive an exclusive commemorative signature pin. Gold Medal Members will be recognized in the SOCO Annual Report.

    Donation Levels:

    Gold Medal Member: $50 per month provides the curriculum & equipment to start a Young Athletes Program for 2 ½ — 7 year olds in one classroom.
    Silver Medal Member: $30 per month provides equipment, training & competition for one athlete in his/her sport for an entire season.
    Bronze Medal Member: $15 per month provides the opportunity for two athletes to compete in State Summer or Winter Games.

    To join the Monthly Giving Club, click here to register.

    For more information, please contact Christina Forrest.

    1969 Circle of Giving

    Reveal the Champion in all of us. Join SOCO’s 1969 Circle of Giving.

    “SOCO has allowed me to make friends and participate in sports without being rejected.  It has changed my life forever.  I used to be afraid and nervous and now I play five sports with confidence.  People with intellectual disabilities can participate like everyone else!”  – Kyle Visser, SOCO Athlete

    Kyle is just one of more than 14,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities who participate in SOCO’s life-changing programs.  Another 18,000 youth throughout the state are impacted through Project UNIFY®, our program to change school climates through youth leadership and Unified Sports®. Youth become core leaders in their school, helping everyone become more inclusive and accepting of ALL students, not just students with intellectual disabilities.

    It’s an exciting time to be involved with SOCO, and we invite you to join our team and help reveal the champion in all of us.  In honor of when Special Olympics Colorado held its first event at Aurora Hinkley High School in 1969 where 400 athletes participated in a one-day track and field meet, SOCO has launched the
    1969 Circle of Giving.  Individuals who pledge $1,969 ($164/month) will transform lives through the power of sport and join our elite circle of supporters. 1969 Members will receive special invitations and recognition throughout the year.

    Join today by giving a one-time gift of $1,969 by following this link.

    Or, join by giving a monthly gift of $164 or more by following this link.

    Contact Tiffani Lennon or call her at 720.359.3111 for more information.

    iBuddy Club

    The SOCO 8 Minute Challenge

    Special Olympics Colorado Issues to You “The SOCO 8 Minute Challenge”

    Be a SOCO HERO by spending just 8 Minutes to Buy One App for $29.99, Sell One App, and Refer the App to friends,

    Save thousands and Raise Millions! Text SOCO to 313131 to get “THE APP” enter Fundraiser Code 00016-0001 It’s a WIN for Donors, It’s a WIN for Local Business, and It’s a WIN for Special Olympics Colorado

    The iBuddyClub.com mobile coupon app unites Colorado businesses and our supporters for the benefit of Special Olympics Colorado. Local merchants use the mobile platform to provide valuable deals and discounts in a variety of categories, including food, recreation, entertainment, retail, services, health, beauty and education. Donors and supporters save every time they use the app to redeem an offer – right on their smartphone! And, a “Golden Egg” offer will pay for the app after a single use! New merchants and savings are being continually added.

    Proceeds from initial purchase will directly support a community-based or school-based unified team. There is also an option to make an extra donation at the time of purchase. And, you can also provide ongoing support by choosing to return a portion of your savings each time an offer is redeemed. Support your team by purchasing iBuddyClub from an athlete or volunteer for $29.99.

    Please text SOCO to 313131 to download and purchase now.  Use your team code!

    Team Codes: Community-based Teams
    Team Codes: School-based Teams

    Everyone has a smartphone in their pocket! Your mobile coupons are always available and ready to use. Purchase an iBuddyClub app to start saving now and raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado at the same time. It’s a Win for our donors and supporters, a Win for local business, and a Win for the athletes of Special Olympics Colorado!

    Participating merchants across Colorado
    If you would like to become a participating merchant, please click here.