Gabriel Da Silva

Gabe Da Silva returns to the Rapids SOCO Unified team after participating in the 2012 season. The Thomas Jefferson High School (Denver) graduate now attends the University of Northern Colorado. Da Silva is a midfielder on the soccer field, and has also played football and ran track.

Da Silva says his biggest accomplishment is being the first person in his family to be accepted to college. “Special Olympics has changed my life by giving me a new-found joy in life,” Da Silva says. “I am looking forward to having fun this season and being a positive influence on the team.”

Da Silva enjoys mountain biking, rafting, hiking and camping in his spare time. His favorite Rapids star is Vincent Sanchez.