Using sports as a catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics is still the largest sports organization in the world serving over 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. And sports are still the core of what we do. But, our athletes inspire us to continue to evolve as an organization as they tell us their stories and share their dreams for the future. Today we use sports as a catalyst to help enhance the growth for all people who participate and compete with Special Olympics.

  • Build Inclusive Schools
  • Develop Leaders
  • Strengthen Communities
  • Promote Self-Sufficiency
  • Improve Health and Quality of Life

Because of your support, the organization has made a meaningful difference in the life of every athlete who participates. As a recognized best practice for non-profits in Colorado, we ensure that every dollar is spent wisely.

Building Communities and Developing Leaders is primarily happening at a young age when youth are most impacted by socialization. We know our Special Olympics Unified programs are working because it’s in the numbers:

  • 78% of typically developing youth report that their attitudes toward bullying have changed
  • 75% increase in school involvement among those with intellectual disabilities
  • 84% of all students report the program is life-changing

An average athlete visits 50 different physicians with little, if any, results. If these health issues are untreated as minor illnesses they could become life-threatening and thus creating a health crisis of epidemic proportions. Did you know? Special Olympics is the largest health provider for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the world. We have trained more than 120,000 health professionals in 7 disciplines and have conducted over 1.2 million health screenings globally.

Special Olympics Colorado serves 25,093 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
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Volunteers are the heartbeat of Special Olympics Colorado. More than 13,000 volunteers engage with our athletes and have the opportunity to share a life-changing experience.

Donate today to help end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities.


– Upcoming Events –

State Figure Skating & Speed Skating

Join us for State Figure Skating & Speed Skating at the South Suburban Ice Arena! LEARN MORE HERE

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South Suburban Ice Rink, 6580 S Vine St.
Littleton, CO 80121 United States
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Trinidad Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020 11:00 AM Registration 12:00 PM Plunge Where: Trinidad Lake, Trinidad, CO LEARN MORE  

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Trinidad Lake, 32610 Colorado 12
Trinidad, CO 81082 United States
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Denver Polar Plunge & 5K presented by Westerra Credit Union

About the Denver Polar Plunge Dash & Splash A Law Enforcement Torch Run Event WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 2020 7:30AM Registration and Plunge Plaza 9:00AM 5K Start 9:30AM After Splash Bash Begins 10:00AM Plunging Begins 12:00PM Event Ends WHERE: Wash Park, Denver, CO Event Location: South side of the park, accessed from S. Franklin and E. Mississippi […]

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Wash Park, Denver, CO United States
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Fort Collins Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union

A Law Enforcement Torch Run Event WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10AM Registration Opens 1PM Plunge WHERE: Maxline Brewing LEARN MORE VOLUNTEER  

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Maxline Brewing, 2724 McClelland Dr #190
Fort Collins, CO 80525 United States
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Boulder Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union

  About the Boulder Polar Plunge A Law Enforcement Torch Run Event WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (Tentative) 11:30AM Registration & Plunge Plaza Opens | 1:00PM Plunge 1:30PM After Splash Bash WHERE: Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, CO LEARN MORE VOLUNTEER  

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Boulder Reservoir, 5565 51st St.
Boulder, CO 80301 United States
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