Athlete of the Month
Kimiko has been competing for Special Olympics Colorado for 12 years. She originally joined in Texas when she was four years old, and also competed in California before moving to Colorado.
Kimiko first began competing in basketball and bowling when she moved to Colorado and was a student at Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB). After leaving, CSDB, she began cycling and bowling with the Cool Kats, and now also skis with the Youth Activation Committee Summit Shredders.
Recently, Kimiko won gold at the end-of-season races at Copper Mountain and was thrilled! “She shattered expectations in her ski training season,” said Southeast Regional Manager, Tasha Noble. “She is fearless! All the while with a glowing smile and positive attitude.” Tasha also mentioned that during the awards ceremony at Copper, Kimiko was cheering on every athlete, even if they weren’t on her team.
Her favorite part about Special Olympics Colorado is seeing her friends and having fun while competing. When she’s not competing, Kimiko enjoys ice skating, dancing and hiking. She also likes to read and draw.
Congratulations, Kimiko on being recognized as our March Athlete of the Month!
Community Partner of the Month
Lukas Liquors of Lone Tree joined the Special Olympics Colorado family in 2019 and since then has raised nearly $45,000 for its programs and athletes. Additionally, they have generously donated product to many of our events and always offer to help however and whenever needed. Owner, Joe Brunner, has a giant place in his heart for Special Olympics Colorado athletes and for creating an inclusive community. Just last fall, after meeting Male Athlete of the Year, David Riley, Joe offered him a job on the spot to join the Lukas Liquors team. We are grateful for the team at Lukas Liquors of Lone Tree who continue to pay it forward in our community.