Morgan Butler of Colorado Springs has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years, and is in her second season with the Rapids SOCO Unified team as a goalkeeper and defender. The 20-year-old competes in various sports including basketball, bowling, soccer and softball. She attends a transition program through Colorado Springs School District 11.
In addition to being an athlete, Butler is a member of Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee (YAC). The YAC’s role is to educate, motivate and activate youth around the state to be inclusive, especially in schools. When she is not competing, Butler volunteers at a day care and a cat rescue facility.
Butler also enjoys playing on the computer, watching baseball with her mom, hanging out with her friends and playing with her dogs and cat. Butler is most proud of the skills she has learned through competing with Special Olympics as well as winning medals and learning how to be a team player. She has gained confidence through her participation and has made many new friends.
Her all-time favorite Rapids players are Matt Pickens and Chris Klute.