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I don’t think the Special Olympics Texas are about sports, they're about people. The sporting events are a tool that brings people together. I know nothing about the varying levels or kinds of needs when you talk about "special needs people". But, it was nothing like what I expected.

I went to cover a basketball game, get a couple interviews from players and coaches, and throw around some stats.Quickly, I noticed there was something much bigger going on. There was pure athleticism on display, good ball handling and skill. I was also amazed to see the varying ages and diversity.

It was also cool to see girls and boys playing on the same team. Can you imagine going to a high school basketball game and seeing girls playing boys and not just holding their own, but excelling? I was entertained and wowed by the pride that the families of the players exuded as they watched.

The story is not the basketball game, but how a group of Americans with intellectual disabilities came out to have a good time and compete in the great sport of basketball.

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July 25, 2018
It's with great sadness that we let everyone in our Special Olympics Texas family know that our great friend and longtime Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer Brad Freis has passed away.
July 16, 2018
When the cast of Backdoor Theatre’s “School of Rock” took the stage June 22, they perhaps hoped the experience would change someone’s life. Little did they know, that night would change their lives.
July 16, 2018
Harlingen, Texas - 14-year-old Nathan Rios is considered an inspiration to many. Now, he is attempting a triathlon.
July 16, 2018
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Special Olympics Texas.

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