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FAQs

Are Special Olympics Colorado headquarters in Colorado Springs (with the USOC)?

Special Olympics Colorado is one of 52 state chapters (2 in California and Illinois) in the U.S. sanctioned by Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics International. The state office in Centennial, just south of Denver, is the headquarters for its business operation and the majority of the Programs staff. Special Olympics Colorado has satellite offices for Regional Managers who work with athletes, families and volunteers in Colorado Springs (serving the southeast Colorado area), Grand Junction (serving the western Colorado area) and Fort Collins (serving the northeastern Colorado area). Click here to learn more about our different regions!

How is Special Olympics CO funded?

Special Olympics Colorado is a 501c3 and is one of just 6% of non-profits which does not receive federal or state funding. We provide all of our services at no charge to athletes and their families. Our revenue sources are diverse, coming from a combination of individuals, corporate sponsorship, grants, events and car donations. Click here to learn about ways you can give! 

When are the events for Special Olympics Colorado?

This is the most common question asked by many people becoming more familiar with the movement. Special Olympics Colorado hosts more than 100 sports competitions, events and training each year. There are 21 sports to choose from, and generally 4-5 sports per each of the four seasons in a calendar year are offered to athletes and their typically developing peers. Special Olympics Colorado offers 6-8 week regular season programs which culminate with a one-day area championship in each of the five designated geographic areas. The qualifiers from the area championships advance to the State Championships. Special Olympics Colorado hosts six state championships each year. The annual statewide championship events are: Winter Games, Summer Games, Fall Classic, Summer Classic, Flag Football State Games, and Basketball State Games. Click here to learn more about our upcoming state competitions! 

How can I get more involved with Special Olympics Colorado if I'm a person without intellectual disabilities?

There’s something for everyone at Special Olympics Colorado! If you are interested in competing as a unified partner (an athlete without intellectual disabilities), we would love to have you participate. Athletes, both male and female, can participate starting at age 2 and are welcome to continue as athletes as long as you are willing and interested.

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, in a support role at a competition or special event, or to serve on one of our many committees, please visit the volunteer area of the website.

Annual Reports

Each year Special Olympics Colorado publishes an Annual Report detailing attendance, event and financial statistics from the past calendar year. Click on a year below to view a downloadable PDF.