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 –

Northeast Valley HS/MS Basketball UCS Tourney

Join us for the Valley High School and Middle School Basketball Unified Champion School Tourney! Click here to learn more!

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ALP’s U Mix ‘n Mingle

Join us for an evening of coffee and connection! Athletes wanting to learn more about ALP's U are welcome to attend.

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Dirt Coffee Bar, 5767 S. Rapp St.
Littleton, CO 80210 United States
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Denver Region Figure and Speed Skating Competition

Join us for Denver Region Figure and 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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Western/Southeast Regional Winter Games

Join us for the 2020 Western and Southeast Regional Winter Games! Alpine skiing and snowboarding will take place at Ski Cooper, and nordic cross country and snowshoeing will take place at Tennessee Pass.  Time TBD   ENTRIES DUE: January 23, 2020 by NOON SOUTHEAST & WESTERN WINTER GAMES FACT SHEET

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Ski Cooper, 232 County Road 29
Leadville, CO 80461 United States
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MedFest (FREE Sports Physicals) – Apt. Only

Athletes and Unified Partners are invited to attend MedFest and get FREE sports physicals by appointment only! To schedule your appointment, please contact Julie Collett – Executive Director of Denver Osteopathic Foundation at 303-996-1140. For any other questions, please contact Leah Combs at lcombs@specialolympicsco.org.

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Rocky Vista University, 8401 S Chambers Rd
Parker, CO 80134 United States
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