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Grab your calendar and mark this one in pen. You’ve got plans for supper on Thursday, July 27. Meet us at Texas Roadhouse and Tip a Cop! Police officers all across the state of Texas will be serving dinner for a great cause. During the dinner hours, cops and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members will be working hard for your tips, which will be donated to Special Olympics Texas to help provide programming and training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in your community. Come enjoy great food without the hassle of cooking and cleaning up, and support your local cops and Special Olympics Texas athletes! Not sure what you’re missing? Find a Tip a Cop at Texas Roadhouse near you.

Although Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day has traditionally been held in September, we will begin celebrating it on July 20 each year, to help mark the anniversary of the first-ever Special Olympics Games in 1968. To Eunice Kennedy Shriver it was not enough to believe strongly in the values of justice and equality, but that one must act and work toward bringing change to life. Please help us spread the word about Mrs. Shriver and the remarkable movement she unleashed.

Heads up! This year’s statewide Fall Classic will take place over two weekends this year: Aquatics, Bocce and Softball will be October 12-14 and Golf will be October 19-21. Keep up with all the latest Fall Classic news here. It’s never too early to arrange your hotel accommodations, and Hotels For Hope is standing by to help. 

Congratulations to Team Texas, which crushed it at the SONA Golf Invitational in Seattle last month. The team was able to check out the course that will host the 2018 USA Games. Thanks for doing such a great job representing our state!

Here are the results:

  • Jus and Mike Singh:  Level 2 Gold 
  • Stacy and Bill Brown: Level 2 Silver
  • Marcus Gary and David Hutchins:  Level 3 Participation Medallion
  • Chaz Curiel and James Coleman:  Level 3 Bronze
  • Shaun and Mark Linsey:  Level 3 Fourth 
  • Elizabeth and Bill Crook:  Level 3 Silver
  • Stephen and Alan Hirshman:  Level 3 Silver
  • Shawn Coleman:  Level 5 Silver
  • Michael Gallagher:  Level 5 Bronze
  • Matt Mantor:  Level 5 Gold
  • Jonathan Blackmon:  Level 5 Participation Medallion

In last month’s eNews, we told you about the history-making Unified Champion Schools Quadrathlon at this year’s Summer Games. We accidentally left out one of our competitors, LCM High School of Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD. So – please join us in congratulating the LCM team for a job well done. The school is one of our biggest Unified Champion Schools, and we know they’ll be back competing in the Quadrathlon next year.

Cool Off With the Best Of

ABC will show the “Best of 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games” recap on Saturday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time (check your local listings). The show recaps all the excitement of the World Winter Games in Austria. Tune in!

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Save the Date!

Our building’s birthday party is set for Friday, December 8, and you don’t want to miss it. This year’s party will feature a Casino Night in addition to the amazing silent and live auction items that have become a staple of A Very Special Celebration. Your ticket price includes at least $5,000 in “casino cash” to spend playing roulette, 21, Texas Hold ‘Em and slot machines imported to our Austin location just for this fun party. Buy your tickets now!

Vote for Mark, Help SOTX Win $25k!

FC Dallas has nominated Mark Lund – a Special Olympics Texas volunteer and the coach of the FC Dallas Unified Soccer Team – as its Community MVP. He’s now vying for the MLS #CommunityMVP award. The winner’s charity of choice receives $25,000 and we’re fortunate that Mark as chosen Special Olympics Texas as his charity. Please vote and help him (and us) win!

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Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Special Olympics Texas.

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