Copper and Special Olympics Colo. to continue partnership through 2010
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Copper Mountain Resort and Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) have announced their continuing partnership through 2010. During the past 17 years, Copper has partnered with SOCO to host the SOCO Winter Games and serve as the official winter training site for several Colorado-based Special Olympics winter athletes. Copper is also a corporate sponsor participating in fundraising activities throughout the year. “It’s an amazing partnership for not only Copper, but SOCO as well,” said Steve Paccagnan, Copper’s general manager. “We’re looking forward to the next five years of this relationship and helping SOCO continue its remarkable work by serving as the official training site, hosting the Winter Games and supporting their ongoing fundraising programs. It’s a win-win situation for both organizations and certainly one of the most rewarding endeavors for our employees, the SOCO volunteers and the athletes.”This year’s SOCO winter season kicked off with a Team USA Training Camp Dec. 1-4 at Copper. The camp included 300 participants who are preparing for the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Next on the schedule is athlete race training, which will commence Jan. 8.In addition, more than 500 athletes from around the state are expected to head to Copper Feb. 27-28 for the 27th annual Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games. Now in its 17th consecutive year at Copper, the competition will include alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding.”We are ecstatic about the commitment that Copper Mountain Resort has made to Special Olympics Colorado and our athletes,” said Scott Weaver, CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. “Over the years, Copper Mountain has become much more than a place for our athletes to train and compete – it has become their winter sports playground, a place for where they feel welcomed, valued and appreciated by the employees of Copper Mountain. We’re looking forward to the next six years and truly appreciate all that the employees and residents of Copper have done over the years to provide a world-class experience for our athletes.” For more information on Special Olympics Colorado, call (800) 777-5767 or go to http://www.specialolympics.org. For more information on Copper Mountain Resort, call (800) 458-8386 ext. 4INFO, or go to http://www.coppercolorado.com.
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