Houstonians Selected for SOTX State Honors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has selected Abigail Wylie as its 2012 Outstanding Service for Outreach award winner and Hector Amaya as this year’s Outstanding Volunteer for Fundraising award winner.

Wylie began volunteering with SOTX in 2007 as an aquatics coach.  During her time with the organization, she’s helped implement and grow the Young Athletes (YA) program in the Katy school district.  YA is a sports play program designed to introduce children ages two to seven to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age eight.  Today, K.I.S.D. has more than 100 Young Athletes.

Amaya has contributed more than $130,000 in cash and in-kind donations to SOTX this year.  He became involved with the movement in 2011 and serves on the planning committee and secures the title sponsorship for the annual Coca-Cola Celebrity Golf Classic event in Houston.  Amaya also commits his time as a volunteer at state Games and local and regional SOTX events and competitions.

The Outstanding Service for Outreach award goes to the person, group or organization whose volunteer service has expanded the opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to become involved in the Special Olympics Texas program. The Outstanding Volunteer for Fundraising award goes to the person who voluntarily implements fundraising opportunities at the local, area or state level.  On October 26, Special Olympics Texas will present the awards to Amaya and Wylie for their achievements and recognize them at Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Fall Classic in Bryan/College Station.

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 44,000 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.

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


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.