The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Awarded the Special Olympics Agency of the Year for the State of Colorado

February 1, 2021

The Sheriff's Office has a long-standing partnership with Special Olympics Colorado and their wonderful athletes. For many years, the Sheriff's Office has been a state leader not only in fundraising but event participation.  The Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.

Since 2015, EPSO has raised over $232,402.00 for Special Olympic Athletes in the State of Colorado and has participated in numerous fundraising events such as: Tip A Cop, Polar Plunge, Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the No Shave Event. EPSO participates in Unified Sports, competing with and against Special Olympic Athletes.

The Sheriff's Office has received the following recognition and awards for their support of Special Olympic Athletes:

2015 – Agency of the Year for State of Colorado
2016 – Guardian of the Year Deputy Keenan Dukes
2016 – Polar Plunge: Highest Fundraising LETR Team
2017 – Top Fundraising Agency for State of Colorado
2017 – Polar Plunge: Highest LETR Fundraising Team
2018 – Law Enforcement Agency of the Year
2018 – Elected into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame for the State of Colorado
2018 – Polar Plunge – Top Fundraising LETR Division
2020 – Law Enforcement Agency of the Year for the State of Colorado

The Sheriff's Office remains committed to assisting athletes who are seeking inclusion and to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. “We are so proud to be a partner of the Special Olympics and could not be more honored to receive this prestigious award. I would also like to recognize Deputy Keenan Dukes for his dedication, commitment, and leadership in spearheading the Special Olympics fundraising efforts for EPSO since 2012.”  -Sheriff Bill Elder

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