July 2017
Jason Horton Receives Honorary ESPY
We are extremely proud and honored to announce that Special Olympics Colorado  athlete Jason Horton has received a 2017 Honorary ESPY Award On July 12, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics  Founder, was honored with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the televised ESPY Awards . As part of her legacy, Jason has received an Honorary ESPY Award. Jason has been a Special Olympics Colorado athlete for 4 years and competes in flag football, softball and soccer. He is also a member of the Colorado Rapids  Unified Soccer Team. Jason is currently battling his 4th round of cancer and we wish him the best in his recovery.
Pull for a Purpose on August 12
Do you have what it takes to change a life? Pull a 164,000 pound plane on the Signature Flight Support Denver International Airport tarmac for over 21,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes at the Plane Pull presented by Subway on Saturday, August 12!  Click here to start your team today!
Family Resources!
Special Olympics Colorado is growing our Family Support Program and we want YOU to be a part of it! For information on upcoming family events, resources and mentorship programs please send your current contact information to kobrien@SpecialOlympicsCO.org.
Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp
On July 7, Special Olympics Colorado athletes had an amazing time brushing up on their baseball skills with  Raimel Tapia, Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, Pat Valaika, Manager Bud Black and Coach Stu Cole from the Colorado Rockies! Click here to see the photos!
Photos Courtesy of Life's Image, Ltd.
Volunteer Opportunity!
We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming Summer Classic which will be held on August 19 (Golf) and August 26 (Bocce, Tennis, Softball, and Cycling)  in Colorado Springs. Click here to sign up If you have any questions about the games or volunteering, please   contact Volunteer and Family Services Manager, Kate O'Brien at  kobrien@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Special Olympics Colorado Staff Spotlight
Jeff Franklyn
Northeast Regional Manager
Jeff Franklyn is the Northeast Regional Manager at Special Olympics Colorado. He supports 700  athletes and their families, unified partners, coaches and over 500 volunteers throughout 20 competitions during the year. Jeff implemented the Special Olympics College Program at University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University where students with and without intellectual disabilities participate in unified competitions and fundraising events. Jeff started his career at Special Olympics Michigan 10 years ago and joined Special Olympics Colorado in 2015. He is an avid  traveler, foodie and loves working out. If you are interested in getting involved with Special Olympics Colorado in the Northeast region, you can contact Jeff at  586-615-1070 or jfranklyn@SpecialOlympicsCO.org.
Opening Eyes Clinical Director Needed
Special Olympics Colorado looking for an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist to become an Opening Eyes Volunteer Clinical Director. Our Opening Eyes Program offers free vision screenings and education to Special Olympics Colorado athletes and unified partners. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Leah Combs, Health and Wellness Coordinator, at lcombs@SpecialOlympicsCO.org. Click here for more information about becoming a Clinical Director.
Athletes Head to Chicago for MLS All-Star Game
Special Olympics Colorado Unified Teammates Colton Rice and Alie Goldblatt will be traveling to Chicago for the Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match on August 1. Alie and Colton are members of the  Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Unified Soccer Team and will compete in an East vs West All-Star Match with other MLS Unified Teams across the United States. Click here to learn more about the Unified All-Star Game .
Westerra Credit Union Financial Tip

Explore Colorado and your Finances with a financial checkup at Westerra Credit Union. Review your credit, ensure you have an emergency fund and short and long term savings goals. We'll show you how to stagger your CD's to maximize your return and so much more. Westerra will also give you a state or national parks pass when you open a new service which will give you and your family the option to go explore the outdoors. Be sure to mention Special Olympics Colorado and Westerra will donate $52.80 for each service opened back to Special Olympics Colorado! Click here to learn more about Westerra Credit Union.

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