Aspen DeField is in her third year with the Colorado Rapids SOCO Unified team. The 32-year-old is from Farmington, N.M., and attended New Mexico State and North Carolina State Universities, studying psychology. She also has a Master’s of Education in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University.
DeField has been involved with Special Olympics for 10 years as a volunteer and currently works for Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) and its Special Olympics programs. “Being with DPR Special Olympics athletes for the past seven years, I’ve seen amazing growth as the athletes mature,” DeField says. “I’m proud to see who they have become, both as athletes and as people.”
She notes that Special Olympics has changed her life by feeling proud and privileged every day to be a part of something that brings happiness, physical well-being, a feeling of accomplishment, teamwork and sportsmanship lessons, and helps form social bonds and independence for athletes who may otherwise not have those opportunities.
DeField also enjoys cycling, playing soccer, watching sports and traveling. Matt Pickens and Marcelo Balboa are Aspen’s favorite Rapids players of all time.