DENVER - Special Olympics Colorado honored athletes, a coach and others whose inspiring efforts have broken barriers over the last year.
Chris Guay and Suzi Burger were awarded "Athletes of the Year" honors during a Hall of Fame luncheon Wednesday.
Guay is a 1998 Glenwood High School alum, Eagle Scout and Taekwondo black belt who has been a Special Olympic athlete for 17 years. He competes in track and alpine skiing.
Burger has participated in the Special Olympics for 29 years. She competes in flag football, volleyball, softball and basketball -- in which she earned a 2010 bronze medal for Team Colorado.
Also honored were: Don Holtz, an 80-year-old bowling coach; the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, which raised $11,500 for the program during 2014; Fossil Ridge High School, which launched a "Project Unify" program in 2009; Knights of Columbus, who've supported the athletes at their competitions; and the Barnhart Family, which has "participated in just about everything that Special Olympics Colorado has to offer."