Last weekend, Greater Houston and Heart of East Texas--area Special Olympics Texas athletes were recognized by a pair of local professional sports teams in the city. On Friday, Aug. 14, the Houston Astros invited 1,800 SOTX athletes to its game against the Detroit Tigers. A night later, members of the 2014 Team Texas Flag Football team were treated to a gameday experience of a lifetime by the Houston Texans.
Matt Hernandez’ big day may have come a couple of weeks ago when he captured a silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles but the 22-year-old proved to be the toast of the town when city officials and a crowd of enthusiastic well-wishers gathered to honor him during Monday’s city council meeting.
The FC Dallas/Special Olympics Texas Unified soccer team dropped a tough, 3-2 decision against the Los Angeles Galaxy/Special Olympics Southern California Unified soccer team on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.
At the conclusion of the Games, Linsey and his mother were publically recognized during the Closing Ceremony as the Most Dedicated Guest Services Attendants at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.Linsey and his mother walked the red carpet and were presented with flowers on stage.
During the week of July 27, SOTX Area 13 athletes Sydney Weigand, Haley McDaniel and Heather Alderete were profiled by 'Amy Poehler's Smart Girls'. All talked about how Special Olympics has impacted their life. Check out each of their personal stories.