Summer Games Announcement
GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Jessie Quintana has a pretty viable reason why it means so much to her for the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games to be in Grand Junction.
“Because I was born and raised here,” said Quintana, a 69-year-old Special Olympian who said she’s taken part in those athletic festivities for many years. “It’s very special to me. It gives me something to do and gets me out of the house. I love it. I would go even if it was out of state, but it’s even better that it’s here.”
The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission and Special Olympics Colorado on Thursday announced the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games will remain in Grand Junction for the next three years. The deal marks a long-term partnership between the city, Colorado Mesa University and Special Olympics that goes from 2016-18.
“I thought I heard 30 years. Isn’t that right?” quipped Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster during an afternoon press conference on the CMU campus. “That’s OK. We’ll make sure it can stick around for a while.”