April 2021 Change Makers

Robert Anderson
Athlete of the Month

Robert is an athlete in the Western Region has been competing for Special Olympics for 51 years! He was introduced to Special Olympics in 3rd grade while attending special education classes. Robert said he was recruited by his teacher to play basketball. He has also competed in track and field and bowling, but primarily played basketball.

Robert’s favorite part about competing for Special Olympics is being around all of the other athletes and his friends while supporting and encouraging them. He believes it is a top-notch program.

According to his coach, Bobbly Walker, Robert is a very supportive and caring athlete who consistently looks out for his teammates’ best interests, cheering them on no what the circumstances. “He is an excellent teammate and a very thoughtful and generous guy,” said Bobby. “In my experience, these qualities will help him become a great coach this upcoming year.”

Robert and Bobby will be coaching together this upcoming season and it will be Robert’s first time coaching a Special Olympics team. “I  could not be happier about coaching with Robert, he is a great guy,” said Bobby. “On top of that, his knowledge of the Special Olympics rules and regulations I believe will be invaluable.”

Robert has also completed the Special Olympics Global Messenger training in Great Falls, Montana, and Bobby mentioned that he quite possibly still holds the Special Olympics bowling scoring record in that state.

Congratulations on being recognized as our April Athlete of the Month, Robert!

National Charity League
Volunteers of the Month

National Charity League (NCL) members have been longstanding volunteers with Special Olympics Colorado. NCL is a multi-generational philanthropic organization of mothers and daughters who volunteer together to create a positive impact in their communities.

During the past year, despite the challenges of COVID-19, the NCL went above and beyond to support Special Olympics CO athletes through funding and numerous service projects. Volunteers submitted virtual fan videos, distributed event flyers, decorated wellness journals and wrote letters of encouragement to athletes. Between March and April of 2021, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NCL generously contributed towards several fitness, wellness and athlete leadership program initiatives. Members assembled hundreds of welcome bags and incentive kits for athletes taking part in Athlete Leadership Programs University, the SONA Move Challenge and Fit 5 Wellness Challenge. We are grateful for the many ways the National Charity League continues to impact our community by supporting our programs and furthering our mission to build a more active, healthy and inclusive world.

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