December 2021 Change Makers
Athlete of the Month
Scott began competing for Special Olympics Colorado 29 years ago, when he was 8-year-old, with the Evergreen Recreation Center. He then moved north for a few years where he continued to compete with Weld County. Since moving back home, he has continued playing with the Evergreen Rec. Center and DDRC. Scott competes in basketball, softball, golf, bowling, skiing and flag football. He also participated in bocce while in Weld County.
Scott said his favorite memory was when he was a Global Messenger for Special Olympics and led the Olympic pledge at the Winter Games sometime during the early to mid-2000s.
“Scott is very competitive and loves the opportunity to spend time with his peers,” said his mother, Diane.
Congratulations, Scott! We’re excited to recognize you as the December Athlete of the Month!
Volunteer of the Month
Sasha has been volunteering for Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) for 4 years. She first got involved in 2017 when she moved to Colorado. “I was looking for ways to get connected in the community,” said Sasha. “My friend Ben Wrubel told me about Special Olympics Colorado and their Young Professionals Board and I signed up without second thought!”
Sasha said she enjoys volunteering for SOCO because of the people, including the athletes, their families, other volunteers and supporters. “Anytime I volunteer, I am filled with joy watching the athletes do something they love in an environment that is fun, safe and inclusive. I love being a part of an organization that is making an important impact on the lives of so many people across Colorado,” Sasha explained.
While she said it was difficult to choose, Sasha’s favorite memory volunteering with Special Olympics Colorado was during the 2018 State Winter Games. A group of Young Professionals Board (YPB) members went to Copper Mountain to volunteer, and Sasha remembers it being an incredible weekend interacting with athletes and their families. She also said it was special for the group of YPB members that went because they got to spend more time together and get to know each other even more.
And she can’t forget Polar Plunge. “I love Polar Plunge,” exclaimed Sasha, who was even featured on the front page of the Denver Post after the 2021 Denver Plunge!
Sasha encourages everyone to volunteer or attend just one event and guarantees they’ll be hooked by the infectious feelings of inclusion, teamwork, comradery and joy. “This is an organization making a true difference, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the inclusion revolution?” said Sasha.
Congratulations, Sasha, on being recognized as our December Volunteer of the Month!