For the first time in the 48-year history of SOTX's Summer Games, the track and field competition included a Unified Champion Schools Quadrathlon. Six school districts from around the state brought two athletes and two Unified Partners – participants without intellectual disabilities. Together the four competed as a team, with each person participating in the 100m Run, 200m Run, Mini Javelin and the 4x100m Unified Relay. The scores were tallied using a point system much like a Pentathlon. It was an amazing experience for all athletes, Unified Partners and coaches involved. Congrats to all participants! We can't wait to see this event grow.
SOTX pays for equipment and uniforms for teams that compete in this program. If your school is interested in becoming part of this Unified Athletics program, please contact the Area office.
Participating schools in 2017:
Wichita Falls ISD: Rider High School
Spring ISD: Wells Middle School
Spring ISD: Dueitt Middle School
LCM High School
Are you buying a new car this month? Renewing your vehicle registration? Remember – you can round up on your vehicle registration fee and donate any amount to Special Olympics Texas, whether you're completing your registration or renewal online, in person or by mail! In 2016, this new program brought in almost $120,000 to SOTX. Please help us spread the word – with more than 22 MILLION cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and trailers on the road in Texas, just $1 per registration could bring in some serious bucks and help us provide programs to even more children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas.
Did you attend the 2017 Summer Games as an athlete, coach, volunteer or fan? We need your help to make the 2018 Summer Games even better: Complete our survey! (Survey closes on June 23.)
The next statewide competition is Fall Classic! We'll be in Bryan/College Station over two weekends in October. The Aquatics, Bocce and Softball competition will be held October 12-14. The Golf competition will be held October 19-21. More details coming soon!
HB 1645, sponsored by Texas State Rep. JM Lozano, R-Portland, passed both houses of the Texas Legislature and was signed into law on May 29, 2017, by Governor Greg Abbott. The legislation requires Texas school districts to allow students who participate in Special Olympics Texas to earn a letter on that basis if the district awards letters to typically developing students. The new law goes into effect on Sept. 1. Thank you, Rep. Lozano!
WOW! The McAlister's Cookies promotion in April in select areas was a rousing success – McAlister's raised $28,252 for Special Olympics Texas. SOTX supporters purchased more than 56,500 sprinkle cookies in just one month. Amazing. Thank you!
Did you know? Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) cook-offs support Special Olympics Texas! This year’s U.S. National Championship Chili Cook Off is on June 24 at the Shriners Pavilion, 400 Karem Circle in Waco. Here’s where you come in: They need LOTS of chili judges, so plan to head over to Waco and judge that championship chili! Judges must be 18 and over. For more information, please contact Dianne Stimson, Great Pepper of the Proud of Texas Pod CASI: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking about buying some Western wear this summer? In July, head over to Cavender's Western Wear to make your purchase…and buy a paper torch at the same time! Thank you, Cavender's for your support of Special Olympics Texas athletes, and for your sponsorship of the 2017 Equestrian Competition.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run & Special Olympics Texas are HUGE fans of Elvis Andrus, the Texas Rangers shortstop. Let's help send him to the All-Star Game. Vote now and every day until June 29!