March 2017
World Winter Games
We recently sent three athletes and two coaches off to Austria to represent Colorado and the United States in the World Winter Games!  We are so proud of athletes Vince Egan, Joy MacLeod and Sue White and coaches, Aspen DeField and Jenny Chase!  Watch the Opening Ceremony on ABC and ESPN tomorrow, Saturday, March 18,  starting at Noon (MT). 
March Competitions

Over 1,500 athletes with 140 teams competed in the State Basketball Tournament on March 10-12 at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse including a Unified High School tournament and a Young Athletes skills challenge.Thank you to Dick's Sporting Goods for sponsoring the tournament. Click here for pictures.


Over 250 athletes competed in Winter Games at Copper Mountain  on March 5. The athletes enjoyed a pizza party, victory dance and fireworks! Click here for pictures .
Looking for Medical Professionals
Are you a medical professional in the Colorado Springs area?  Help Special Olympics Colorado provide free sports physicals to our athletes in Colorado Springs at our MedFest event on Friday, April 28! Click here for more information and to sign up!
Check the Box. Change a Life.
Every day our athletes shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal best on the playing field and in life. Your contributions, be it through volunteerism, advocacy or financial support, make this all possible. Whether you are getting a refund or not, you can make a donation to Special Olympics Colorado on line 13 of the Colorado tax form.  As one of the 19 charities listed, Special Olympics Colorado must raise $75,000 to remain a listed nonprofit. Please remember us on Tax Day!  To learn more, visit Checkoff Colorado .
Calling All Family Members!
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 Claire Viater, Volunteer and Family Services Manager, at cviater@specialolympicsco.org.
SOCO Receives $125K Daniels Fund Grant
Special Olympics Colorado has just received a grant in the amount of $125,000 from the Daniels Fund to support Youth Sports Programming. "This grant will provide support to more than 7,500 youth athletes across the state with intellectual disabilities to participate in high quality sports programming," said Mindy Watrous, Special Olympics Colorado President and CEO. We are excited to partner with such a generous and supportive organization.
Special Olympics Colorado Staff Spotlight
Emilie Ricker
Health and Wellness Manager
Emilie Ricker is Special  Olympics Colorado's Health and Wellness Manager. Improving the overall health of our athletes and their families is one of Special Olympics Colorado's most important initiatives. As part of the Healthy Athletes program, Emilie coordinates and executes health screenings for SOCO athletes and Unified Partners which include vision, dental and hearing screenings at various competitions and events throughout the state and assists them with follow-up care. Emilie is also leading the Healthy  LEAP (Life, Education And Practice) program, made possible through the support of the Colorado Health Foundation. The program  is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and practical applications created specifically for preschool through high school students with and without intellectual disabilities. Emilie interacts with teachers, volunteers, medical professionals, athletes and families to improve the overall health of the SOCO community. If you would like more information about our health programs or would like your school or team to get involved, you can email Emily at ericker@specialolympicsco.org
Thank You For Your Support!
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the SOCO Ball presented by Charles Schwab on Saturday March 4. The event raised  $63,997 that will directly fund our Denver region sports and competitions. Click here for pictures .
 
We are finishing up the Polar Plunge Series presented by   Westerra Credit Union   this Saturday, March 18, in   Colorado Springs Thank you to everyone who has participated in and supported the Polar Plunges. We are set to raise over $400,000! Click here for pictures .
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March News
March Winners!
Alex Kinney
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Violet Roberts
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Athlete/Family Survey
Home2Home is a parent directed non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternative long-term housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this survey is to measure potential demand for a residential option that serves to add to existing group home, host home and PCA options.  Click here to complete the survey.
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