Boulder Strong, Spring Programs, Community Updates
Boulder Strong, Spring Programs, Community Updates

EXPAND Newsletter 

March 31th, 2021

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It is so unfortunate that we must start this newsletter by acknowledging the attack that took place against our community last Monday. EXPAND is absolutely heartbroken as at the loss of 10 innocent lives who were neighbors, friends and co-workers of our community. Teri Leiker was a former EXPAND participant, and we know her love of sports and contagious smile will be missed by all. We know a tragedy of this size affects people differently and that healing is a process. Please give yourselves and those around you grace and understand that your EXPAND community is here for support. We have felt loss, anger, fear and love like never before, and we understand that these feelings look different for everyone. We just want to end this by saying we are so grateful for this community and we will stand #BoulderStrong.

- With Love and Support - Lori, Chelsea, Molly, and Bri

Still Time to Sign up for Spring Programs! 

Don't forget to sign up for spring programs! We still have spots for Smile and Stretch, Soccer, Swimming and virtual programs. We are really excited to have our new coordinator Emily on board to help us expand our program offerings. 
Spring EXPAND Guide
Register for Classes
Special Olympics SONA Move Challenge
Special Olympics is offering a free fitness challenge from April 12 - June 6th. There will be t-shirts, prizes and even a free pair of shoes if you pick them up in Denver! Sign up is free through EXPAND. You will receive weekly email reminders to track your minutes and EXPAND will automatically track any minutes that you participate in a physical activity program with us (Movement Monday, Soccer, Twist and Shout, Smile and Stretch, Water Programs or Movement Mentors). The ultimate goal is to complete 150 minutes of movement for 7 out of the 8 weeks. Lets get moving! Please note that this is not an EXPAND program to attend, but a way to make sure you receive all the info, get signed up and stay on track! 
Register for SONA Move Challenge


And I can only hope that the weather stays this nice. You can still sign up to take the dip on April 10th. Last year's plunge is going to provide us with new softball gear this summer, supported our recent trip to Gateway and ensures we can continue participating in all of the sports and activities we love. Consider joining or supporting one of our brave athletes that have already committed to plunging. Cheers to Abigail, Benjamin, Harris, Steph and Ryan for paving the way! 
Join or Support our Team Here

Happy Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness Month so we are going to use the month to dive a little deeper in Autism through a virtual program on Wednesdays. We will talk about ASD - the things that make it awesome, and the things that make it hard. We will learn about famous people on the spectrum and talk about what it means to advocate for the community. Whether you have Autism or just want to learn more, this class will be a great time to celebrate the neurodiversity of our community. 
Register for Autism April Here

New Section of Newsletter! - Community Updates 

This section will contain events or opportunities from other groups in the community about things going on that might benefit the disability community. Please note that these programs are not supported by EXPAND, but we just wanted to help get the information out there! 

This week instead of featuring an athlete, staff or volunteer. We pay tribute to those who lost their lives on March 22nd. 

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