Winter Games Returns to Austin

Competition and events will be held February 9-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


About 2,500 athletes from across the state will travel to Austin to compete in the 2012 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Winter Games, February 9-12.  Competition will be held in bowling, powerlifting, figure/speed skating and volleyball.

The Games officially kick-off with Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Round Rock High School.  During this kickoff event, rivals will unite for the Parade of Athletes, where a procession of teams will proudly carry their delegation banners into the ceremony.  Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) officers and athletes will then light the symbolic cauldron, declaring the Games open. 

Competition will begin Friday, February 10 at 9:00 a.m. and run through February 12 at various venues around Austin.  All events are free and open to the public.

Competition Schedule and Venues:
Bowling – Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Avenue, Austin
February 10    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
February 11     9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
February 12     9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bowling - Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Road, Austin
February 10     9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
February 11     12:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
February 12     9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bowling - Showplace Lanes, 9504 North IH-35, Austin
February 10     9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 11     9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 12     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.                                                            

Powerlifting – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock
February 11     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Figure Skating – Chaparral Ice at Northcross Mall, 2525  Anderson Lane, Austin
February 10     12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volleyball – Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward Street
February 10     9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
February 11     8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 12     9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Special Events Schedule and Venues:
Opening Ceremonies – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive
February 9       7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Athlete Village – Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd
February 10-11  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Park – Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd
February 10-11     10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Victory Dance – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive
February 11     7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for various roles during Winter Games, which will include a Victory Dance, Wellness Park and Athlete Village. Show your support for SOTX by donating your time and assisting with the competition.  For registration information, a list of volunteer shifts, and online volunteer registration, click here.

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. 

Co-Sponsors:
Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Charitable Trust and the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Gold Medal Sponsor:
American National 

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
Brandt, Hotels for Hope and LCRA Employees' United Charities


Ramonica Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Special Olympics Texas
rjones@sotx.org


About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.