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 –

Unified Youth Summit

Join us for the 2019 Youth Summit at Legend High School!

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Legend High School, 22219 Hilltop Rd
Parker, CO 80138 United States
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Dutch Bros Coffee – Windsor, 901 Main St
Windsor, CO 80550 United States
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Texas Roadhouse Tip-A-Cop

Join us at all Colorado Texas Roadhouse locations on Thursday, December 5th to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes! Together with Special Olympics Colorado athletes, Law Enforcement officials wait tables and collect tips at Texas Roadhouse locations across Colorado. Your donations will all go to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes! Click here to find a location […]

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Special Olympics Snow Ball presented by the Smile Generation

Join Us for a Winter in the Rockies Come and celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Special Olympics Colorado with a night in a winter wonderland. This fun and unique event will raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado athletes in the greater Denver region to provide them with year-round sports training and competition opportunities. GET […]

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History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway
Denver, CO 80203 United States
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12 Bars of Charity Pub Crawl

The 3rd Annual 12 Bars of Charity is BACK on Saturday, December 14th! Invite friends and family to come out and join the fun, all while helping Special Olympics Colorado. Sign up as a Red Team Pub Crawler for Special Olympics Colorado and you will receive a red sweatshirt, shuttle rides and drink specials at […]

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Sports Column, 1930 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
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