Athletes of the Year by Year
Jason Horton Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Special Olympics Year Honored : 2017
Jason Horton
Memorable Quote:
"I like playing Unified Sports because it shows people without disabilities that we are more alike than different"

Jason Horton - 2018 Inductee

He also is a member of the Special Olympics Rapids Unified Soccer Team, comprised of athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (typically developing individuals) who play alongside each other and receive training from Colorado Rapids players and coaches throughout the season. They travel to other MLS markets to compete against their Special Olympics counterparts.

Horton has competed in 25 state competitions, received 10 gold medals and countless ribbons. His favorite sport is basketball and his favorite sports memories involve meeting new people and making life-long friendships.

He is described by his teammates as being respectful, funny, enthusiastic and incredibly talented in every sport he plays. He is a role model for other Special Olympics athletes and unified partners on and off the playing field.

"I like playing Unified Sports because it shows people without disabilities that we are more alike than different." Horton said.

The quiet young athlete has dealt with cancer three different times, beginning at age five and is currently battling cancer for the fourth time. Previous battles affected his ribs and his leg, cost him sight in one eye and he is now deaf.

In 2017, he received an Honorary ESPY Award in recognition of his courage, talent, dedication and enthusiasm for athletics. Horton was one of 25 Special Olympics athletes selected for this honor. "For an athlete that has been through all the challenges that Jason has been through, there is nobody a that deserves it more than him," Mindy Watrous, President and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado said. But, Horton ís courageous story isn't just about surviving. It ís about thriving.