Small Champions

A nonprofit organization

$91,877 raised by 143 donors

92% complete

$100,000 Goal

Small Champions provides sports and recreational opportunities for Eagle County youth with multiple disabilities. Your donation will help us continue to provide the programs, equipment, and instruction to the children we serve.

Comments from Special Education Teachers:

" Small Champions is an incredible program that allows my students opportunities that they may not otherwise have, whether it is skiing on the mountain, rock climbing in the summer, or meeting with others families for events, such as bowling nights.   It allows unstructured time for students with disabilities to engage in fun and motivating activities.  Often times, my students with disabilities can be overwhelmed with the daily tasks and learning that happens at school, and Small Champions is a wonderful program for my students to look forward to on the weekends and in the summer.  Many of my students have formed close relationships with their Small Champion coaches, which can go beyond just the Small Champions get-togethers.  My students also come back to school and talk about their fun weekend skiing with their Small Champion coaches.

Elizabeth Koskinen
Special Education Teacher
June Creek Elementary 

Comments from parents:

"Small Champions has given him something great to talk about so his speech has improved and my husband and I feel that Small Champions has helped us to begin to dream for our son again."

Giving Activity


Small Champions transforms and empowers the lives of Eagle County, Colorado youth who are challenged with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities. We teach these children that life is a rich and exciting place. Through repeated assurance and positive experiences our instructors and coaches help them grow, learn, and have fun.

Background Statement

Small Champions is a program for children ages 5 through 21 years with cognitive, physical, and multiple disabilities. We provide one-on-one coaching in skiing/snowboarding, bowling, yoga, horseback riding (hippotherapy), gymnastics, swimming, golf, nordic, rock climbing, paddle boarding and several group excursions. We also offer an annual one-week summer camp.

The program was founded in 1996 and has grown in the past 27 years from 5 children learning to ski to 75 kids in over 10 different recreational activities . There is no other program in Eagle County which provides a recreation based program for these particular children.

We believe that recreational education encourages independence and life skills that are otherwise not attainable for many of the individuals that we serve. The aim is to increase each child's personal development by providing well developed programs in which children learn to set, and then achieve goals.

Organization Data


Organization name

Small Champions

other names

Small Champions

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Youth Development, Recreation & Sports, Human Services

Organization Size

Medium Organization


216 Main St 2nd Floor - Suite 200A
Edwards, CO 81632


PO Box 4691
Vail, CO 81658

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US





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