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Special Olympics

14 June 11:10 am

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Ryan is a 20 year old player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  Ryan has been playing soccer with Special Olympics Colorado for one year and usually plays either forward or mid fielder.  Ryan had already been connected to soccer before joining Special Olympics Colorado.  His sister Melissa had played in the Junior Olympics; Ryan enjoyed watching her play and now he has the chance to help others and play some soccer as well.  Ryan’s passion however has been basketball.  He has played basketball for several years.  He played for George Washington High School and also played basketball at Colorado State University. 

Ryan got involved with Special Olympics Colorado when Denver Parks and Rec contacted him his sophomore year of high school with an opportunity to help with Special Olympics Basketball.  He loved the atmosphere and the people working with Special Olympics Colorado and has been helping out ever since.

Ryan’s favorite Rapids player is Tony Cascio.  He is excited to get to meet him in Seattle.  He hears that Seattle is “very green and very wet, but is very beautiful too”.  Ryan is most looking forward to making a difference.  He recognizes that this is a great experience for all of the athletes not just on the field, but off the field as well.

14 June 11:05 am

Andie is a 21 year old player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  Andie has been playing soccer off and on since she was 10 years old.  She enjoys playing every position and has been playing soccer with Special Olympics Colorado for 2 years.  Her favorite sports are swimming and skiing though she also enjoys playing volleyball and soccer. 

Andie began playing basketball with Special Olympics Colorado when she was 11 and then added swimming, skiing, volleyball and soccer into her schedule.  At Denver South High School she competed on the varsity swimming team for all 4 years and is now continuing to stay in sports with Special Olympics Colorado. 

Andie’s favorite player on the Colorado Rapids soccer team is Conor Casey.  Andie’s brother played soccer with Conor when he was younger and now Andie is excited for her opportunity to play soccer with Conor.  She is excited to experience the city of Seattle and hopes to see her cousin who lives in the area.  

14 June 11:00 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Aspen is a 30 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Farmington, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University.  Aspen enjoys playing soccer, bicycling, watching sports and traveling.

Aspen says that she is proud to be a part of this team and is “humbled by the opportunities and generosity being shown to us.  The athletes work very hard not only to be good soccer players, but to be good people and demonstrate sportsmanship, positive attitudes and teamwork at all times.  As a coach, it challenges me to be a model for them in these areas, and I always learn more from them than they do from me”.    

14 June 11:00 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympcs Colorado All-Star Team

Ilima is a 36 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended Colorado State and the University of Colorado, Denver.  Ilima enjoys cooking and knitting as well as playing soccer.

Ilima says that this team is extremely important to her and that she has learned a lot from the athletes.  She says “the longer I coach in Special Olympics the more I learn about what it takes to make a strong team that truly plays together to overcome any barriers they might face and come out ahead. We don’t always win, but we leave the field after every game knowing we each tried our best, supported our teammates, and had fun”.  She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to travel to Seattle and hopes her team has a positive and enjoyable experience.

14 June 10:59 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Phil is a 38 year old assistant coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  He is from Liverpool, England and attended the University of Sheffield.  His favorite sports are cricket and soccer. 

Phil comments that “working with this team is a humbling experience.  No matter how difficult a challenge you face, this team proves constantly that any obstacle can be overcome with a little determination and a great attitude”. 

14 June 10:59 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Sarah is a 33 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She enjoys photography and skiing.

For Sarah, being a coach brings her joy, respect, and admiration.  She says, “the players are a strong and positive influence on my life and they bring out the best in me”.

11 February 8:12 pm

Well, they were much braver then the rest of us.

Members of the front office staff dressed in Rapids uniforms and old cheerleader outfits and topped with a Rapids burgundy beanie jumped into the icy waters of Chatfield Reservoir this afternoon as part of the 4th Annual Colorado Polar Plunge to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

At a little after 1 pm, with the temperature not quite at 20 degrees, the group walked out on the ice of the reservoir to the cut out triangle that formed the four feet deep 'pool.' I can only imagine the questions going through their heads as they stood on the edge and finally jumped in.

Well done, crew!

(Clockwise from top row L-R): Peter Schwartz, Wayne Brant, Jeff Jacobson, Alex Teal, Christa Dellebovi, Tim Hinchey, Rachel Sweeney, Rebecca Payne, Kristen Sonsma

 

10 February 1:28 pm

According to Weather.com, Saturday's noon tempurature in Denver is supposed to be about 27 degrees, with a 'feels like' of 19 degrees. That's what nine members of the Colorado Rapids front office staff will be facing as they take the Polar Plunge to help raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Colorado.

President Tim Hinchey and CMO Jeff Jacobson are among the staffers that will dress in old Rapids uniforms and the old cheerleading outfits and jump into the freezing waters of the Chatfield Reservoir. The other members of the staff (that have not yet chickened out) are Wayne Brant, Alex Teal, Rebecca Payne, Rachel Sweeney, Christa Dellebovi, and Kristen Sonsma.

Even though online registration is closed, people (or teams) can sign up on the spot beginning at 11 am. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.