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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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January 22, 2018
Who will bring the gold home from Austin? We can’t wait to see! Almost 2,600 athletes and Unified Partners will compete in bowling, volleyball and powerlifting. Here’s where to find all the info you need before you hit the road...
January 22, 2018
The Texas Bowling Centers Association is a big fan of Special Olympics Texas athletes. During January and February, many of their member centers will sell paper bowling pins to benefit SOTX! Be sure to thank them for their support.
January 22, 2018
Congratulations to Alamo Heights High School and Brady High School, which have been recognized as the first Unified Champion Schools in the state of Texas! Both schools received a gym banner that denotes their honor.
January 22, 2018
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