The Colorado Rapids are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Rapids Unified Team in partnership with Special Olympics Colorado. The Rapids Unified Team will kick off their season on Saturday, June 18 against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks down at Weidner Field. The Rapids Unified team will also travel to play Real Salt Lake Unified on July 9 before hosting the Colorado Springs Switchbacks at home on Saturday, August 13 directly following the conclusion of the first team match against the Columbus Crew at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park. The unified team will close out their season by traveling to play LA Galaxy Unified on September 17.
The Rapids Unified team, which is comprised of players both with and without intellectual disabilities between the ages of 16 and 25, receive training from the Colorado Rapid’s players and coaches. This exchange program not only provides Special Olympics athletes with top-level training and competitive experiences, but also offers MLS fans an opportunity to witness the talents and abilities of Special Olympics Colorado soccer players’ first-hand.
Through the generosity and financial support of our corporate partners adidas, Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods and Brannan Sand & Gravel the program has continued to grow each year. With their backing, the Rapids Unified Team is provided with a truly one-of-a-kind experience.