The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics was founded in 1969 on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
ANNUAL COACH HOURS
YOUTH IMPACTED STATEWIDE
ANNUAL ENGAGEMENTS, EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
ANNUAL HEALTH SCREENINGS
OF ATHLETES REPORTED IMPROVED SPORTS SKILLS
Through athletic, health and leadership programming, Special Olympics Colorado is empowering people with intellectual disabilities (ID) to create a more welcoming and inclusive Colorado.
Through 21 Olympic-type sports, more than 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities around Colorado build self-confidence, healthy habits and life-long friendships.
Young Athletes was created to welcome young people to the Special Olympics movement through innovative play and an introduction to the world of sports!
Unified Champion Schools
We are taking inclusion to Colorado’s schools! Unified Champion Schools (UCS) works to ensure students of all abilities are accepted and equitably engaged.
Inclusive Health & Fitness
Being healthy is about more than physical fitness. We conduct health screenings, wellness programs and health education with a focus on prevention.
Fundraising is the lifeblood that keeps Special Olympics CO thriving! Through strategic partnerships with Law Enforcement, and others, along with events like the Hall of Fame, Polar Plunge Series and more, we continue to drive positive change.
Inclusion is Key – A Message On Racial Injustice
Special Olympics stands in unwavering support of black lives in the U.S. and around the world, and we vehemently reject oppression, exclusion, and injustice.
Our Core Values
We strive to create a culture of fun, excitement and hope, and to promote joy in all that we do.
Together, we work toward shared goals and achieving a common mission by fostering teamwork, trust and understanding.
We value and promote equity, acceptance and respect amongst people of all backgrounds, talents and abilities, and we work to inspire others to do the same.
We encourage an environment committed to sharing ideas and information openly, honestly and respectfully.
We continually seek to inspire and achieve the highest standards of excellence in all that we do.