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$10K for 10 Special Olympics Athletes

Westerra Credit Union Celebrates a Decade of Supporting Special Olympics Colorado


Denver – Feb 21, 2024 –Westerra Credit Union is entering its 10th year sponsoring Special Olympics Colorado’s annual Polar Plunge Series. Polar Plunge is a cold-weather fundraiser that provides critical funding for nearly 21,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. All funds raised from the Polar Plunge series support the sports, health, educational, and leadership programs so Special Olympic athletes can participate in them for free. This is an enterprise event for Westerra Cares, Westerra’s award-winning community engagement program that supports community basics, financial literacy and education across Denver Metro communities.

To recognize this milestone, Westerra has launched the initiative $10K for 10 Athletes, which contributes a total of $10,000 to 10 athletes who participate in Special Olympics’ transformative Athlete Leadership University (ALU) program.

“Our longstanding support of Special Olympics Colorado has become a cherished tradition at Westerra. It exemplifies our commitment to building a more inclusive and empowered community through the positive impact of unified sports,” said Kristina Shaw, Vice-President of Corporate Communications at Westerra Credit Union. “Our new initiative supports the ALU program as we applaud its focus on education, leadership training, and creating real-world experiences for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

ALU empowers Special Olympics athletes to drive meaningful societal change and is designed to enhance their lives by equipping them with valuable skills, knowledge, and leadership capabilities. One of the primary goals of the program is to significantly reduce the rates of underemployment for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Colorado. 

Get Involved and Learn More! 
Westerra members and the community can contribute to the 2024 Special Olympics Colorado’s Polar Plunge Series by donating to a team, or registering to take the icy plunge or participating in the 5K run/walk/roll event. Support directly contributes to the success of the ALU program and, in turn, positively impact the lives of Special Olympics athletes. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.westerracu.com/about/community.

Special Olympics Colorado is Colorado’s premier sports organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about their Polar Plunge Series, which takes place from February to October in various locations across the state, visit: https://specialolympicsco.org/events/plunge/.

About Westerra Credit Union

Founded in Denver 1934 by eight schoolteachers, Westerra lives into its purpose “We exist to teach one another to prosper” by focusing on meaningful relationships, helping individuals, families and businesses meet their financial goals, and positively impacting lives through financial education. Westerra holds approximately $2-billion in assets, is member-owned and serves 110,000 members across the Denver metro area. Each individual depositor at Westerra is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to $250,000, and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. In the past decade, Westerra has donated millions to the community through sponsorships, donations and grants and, on average, contributes over 1,200 volunteer hours each year to community and school-based programs. Join us in building a modern financial community where we all truly belong by becoming a member in less than 5 minutes! For more information, visit www.westerracu.com


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