December 2023 Change Makers

December 2023 Change Makers

Craig Goodemote

Athlete of the Month

Craig has been a Special Olympics Colorado athlete for about 20 years. Throughout the years, he has competed in basketball, swimming, softball and bowling. Of them all, swimming is his favorite sport and he is the team captain for Loveland Swimming. In 2022, Craig had the opportunity to compete at the 2022 USA Games in Orlando, Florida as part of Team Colorado swimming. At USA Games, he got 4th place in 200-yard Freestyle and 4th place in 100-yard Individual Medley.

In addition to competing, Craig is a Northeast Regional Fitness Captain. He also recently attended the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Inaugural Detentions Academy for Unified Special Olympics Colorado athletes.

Craig’s coach, Diane said that he always comes to practice “fired up” with a smile on his face. “He leads exercises at all practices. He is an amazing leader and role model,” said Diane. “He will assist the coaches and helps athletes at practices and meets. He has taken time from his workout to help a younger athlete on the team with strokes and turns. Craig has a positive attitude, no matter what the task.”

Congratulations on being recognized as the December Athlete of the Month, Craig!


Brian Stone

Volunteer of the Month

Brian Stone has been a committed volunteer to Special Olympics Colorado for over two decades. Along with the time spent helping at Special Olympics events, Brian has shared his huge heart and soul with the Games Organizing Committee.

As an integral volunteer, Brian has helped to provide irreplaceable support for the behind-the-scenes services for state and regional competitions. His strong attention to detail during the early planning stages for events allows them to reach their highest potential in offering an inclusive and welcoming experience for all.

As much as Brian enjoys helping events succeed on and off the field, his true joy comes on “game day”, when he can see the smiling faces of the thousands of athletes he has helped serve. Brian exemplifies selflessness through his unconditional support where he consistently puts everyone but himself first.

Congratulations, Brian, on being selected as the December Volunteer of the Month!


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