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Difference Maker: Tara Picklo

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

There are people who seem to bring light with them where ever they go. They search for ways to make a difference, and jump into make that difference without fanfare or looking for kudos. Tara Picklo is one of those humans who creates joy while making a difference.


Tara is instrumental in running the Special Olympics in Eagle County. For the past seven years she has coached athletes and helped them soar. But she’s quick to mention that it’s hard to say who benefits more: the coaches or the athletes.

“All of us as coaches are the lucky ones it lights up our hearts,” Tara says. “We leave feeling happier and lighter and we can see how much they benefit. Everyone gets to leave feeling better and motivated in their lives and in their sport.”


Tara Picklo, far right, coaches the Special Olympics team.

The athletes participate in swimming, cycling, bowling and skiing. The team is primarily made up of adults, but kids as young as six can compete. However, they can always use more coaches, Tara says. It’s a commitment… but it’s worth it.


“We need more coaches to help,” Tara says. “There is a commitment, competitions to go to. It’s worth it because of the connections made with families and other coaches and athletes.”


If you’re inclined reach out to Tara, she would be happy to walk you through the process of becoming a coach, mentor and friend. It makes a world of difference to the families. She was integral in bringing the regional competition to Eagle County this summer. The athletes had a blast, but those of us who got to cheer the team on had just as much fun.


"There are few people in the world like Tara Picklo. As the coordinator of the WolfPack Cycling Team for Special Olympics, she has changed the lives of many, including my son, Henry,” shares Sandy Schroeder. “She offers the opportunity to be part of a team, to set and achieve goals, and to celebrate the skills and talents that people like Henry have. She does all of this while preserving the dignity of each unique individual. She is a true asset to our diverse community."


Ready to get involved with Special Olympics? Reach out to Tara. tarapicklo@gmail.com.


Tara reminds us, “we all benefit as coaches from their energy.”

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