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.


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Catalina’s Diner Tip-A-Cop

Join Elizabeth Police Department at Catalina's Diner & Tip-A-Cop to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes! LEARN MORE HERE

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Catalina’s Diner, 273 E. Kiowa Ave.
Elizabeth, CO 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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Denver Nuggets Special Olympics Colorado Clinic

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST THE CLINIC IS COMPLETELY FULL. Denver Nuggets Clinic Tuesday December 17th Time: 1:30-2:30    

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Pepsi Center,

The Rusty Melon Tip-A-Cop Event

Visit the Rusty Melon and Tip-A-Cop with Erie Police Department to support Special Olympics Colorado Athletes! LEARN MORE HERE

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Rusty Melon, 615 Mitchell Way #100B
Erie, CO 80516 United States
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Lancelot Tip-A-Cop

  Join us at the Lancelot Restaurant Tip-A-Cop, hosted by Eagle County Sheriff's Office and the Avon Police Department!   Contact Vice President of Law Enforcement Torch Run, Jan Gordon at jg@specialolympicsco.org or (720) 359-3112 to learn more!

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Lancelot Restaurant, 201 Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO 81657 United States
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