The mission of Special Olympics Colorado is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Who Do We Reach in Colorado?
75,000 P-16 Students
25,000 Families and Friends of Athletes
Who Do We Serve in Colorado?
1,200+ Law Enforcement
Who are SOCO athletes?
47% of athletes are at or below the poverty line
53% are above the poverty line
61% identify as Caucasian, 31% identify as Latina/o, and 5% identify as African American, and 3% as Asian
They live in urban centers and rural corners of the state
Approximately 6,460 athletes range in age from 2 to 21 years old, and 8,870 athletes are 22 years old and older.
An average athlete visits 50 different physicians until she or he can find one that can help
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for 19,600+ athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2 and up. Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.
While SOCO is about sports, it is not only about sports. Youth and adult leadership programs, health and fitness education and screenings have proven immensely successful. All participants– athletes and their unified partners– benefit from these successful programs.