September 2021 Change Makers
Athlete of the Month
Hannah began competing for Special Olympics Colorado in 2010. She currently competes in soccer, basketball, golf, bowling, swimming, athletics and softball.
Hannah loves Special Olympics Colorado because she’s able to be around her friends. She also enjoys when her coaches push her to work hard and stay healthy. Her favorite memory is having her dad coach her soccer team and her sisters help out as Unified partners.
When she’s not competing, Hannah loves to sing, act and watch Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. She also loves participating in Steppin’ It Up at Mesa Fitness.
Congratulations, Hanna, on being recognized as the September Athlete of the Month!
The Barnstable Family
Family of the Month
In 1996, Maeline and Bob Barnstable moved to Colorado. About a year later, Bob found an ad in the paper that Denver Parks and Recreation Special Olympics Colorado basketball was looking for volunteers. Several years later, the head coach had to leave and Bob took over.
Special Olympics is truly a family affair with the Barnstables. Over the years, they have participated in basketball, figure skating, volleyball, cycling, soccer, tennis, gymnastics and bowling. Bob and Maelines’ daughter, Miranda, began figure skating with Special Olympics Colorado when she was 6 years old. She was too young to compete, but she was so coordinated, her coach, Karen Schleu, allowed her to practice with the group. Since then, Miranda has competed in many different sports, including figure skating. You can even check out a photo of Miranda skating on the 2021 Hall of Fame graphic! Most recently, Bob’s favorite memory of Miranda is her facing off against the Nuggets’ mascot, Rocky, at the 2021 Basketball Awards.
Miranda’s brother, Bruce, began volunteering as a Unified partner at a young age when Bob was coaching the youth teams. He most recently helped with the Sloan’s Lake cycling team. Maeline has been a proud supporter since her kids first got involved with Special Olympics Colorado, and has even taken on the duty of being Miranda’s personal chauffer to all of her training and competitions.
Bob mentioned that his family enjoys the spirit of competition among friends, where everyone is cheering for each other. “Not only does [Special Olympics Colorado] help to keep our children healthy and fit, but it’s also a place where we can talk to other parents about concerns and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Bob.
Congratulations to the Barnstable family on being recognized as the September Family of the Month!