There are many benefits to participating as an athlete with Special Olympics Texas:
Physical exercise positively impacts health, mood and anxiety.
Emphasis on sports training helps athletes maintain a healthy weight.
Athletes participate in activities that enhance their self-esteem and help them see that they can achieve goals that they set for themselves.
Athletes have many opportunities to make new friends and socialize in an environment that is accepting and encouraging.
Travel opportunities allow athletes to gain life experiences and skills that will positively impact all areas of their lives.
The Athlete Leadership Programs offer athletes opportunities to get involved in decision-making, public speaking, and leadership roles in their communities.
To compete in Special Olympics, a person must be at least eight years old. Children at the age of six may begin a training program, but are not able to compete until the age of eight. A person must also be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following:
Closely related development disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills such as recreation, work, independent living, self direction, or self care.
Ogonnaya Achinivu, a 12-year-old from Lubbock, TX became involved with SOTX in 2014 through a program at Mackenzie Middle School. She participates in bocce, roller-skating, and her two favorite sports, bowling and basketball.
Austin is an enthusiastic young man and athlete. He says that his favorite thing about SOTX is making new friends and giving everyone high fives at the end of practice. With all of the friends and high fives, participating in SOTX has been an awesome experience for Austin. He was taught to always do his best, be happy and have fun.
Carley Fisk began competing with SOTX in 2013 when her school introduced it to her and is already very involved, as she participates in bowling, basketball, cycling, track and field, soccer, and aquatics. Through her first two years, she has built a collection of gold medals from Aquatics meets.
Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
To the fullest extent permitted by law, Special Olympics Texas prohibits concealed handguns, open carry of handguns, and all weapons(other types of guns, knives, etc.) at Special Olympics Texas practices, competitions, offices, events and functions.
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