Our first summer games were held in Waco in 1969 with 350 athletes competing in 10 track and field events. We have grown a lot since then, and now support more than 53,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities by offering exceptional programs in 22 available sports. As operations grew across our great State, the one thing that remained the same was leasing an overcrowded headquarters building. But all that is about to change with our seven million dollar SOTX Fan-tastic Building Campaign!
Special Olympics Texas has an unprecedented opportunity to build an 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will assist us in our goal of providing excellent services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. The new facility will be specifically designed with these individuals, families, coaches and volunteers in mind.
For the first time in our 45-year history, Special Olympics Texas will be building a permanent new home. Our new Headquarters in Austin will expand and build upon our mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.