Athletes Ready for 21st Annual Winter Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Beginning January 31, more than 2,000 athletes will make the trek to Austin to compete in the 21st annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games. Athletes will compete in bowling, powerlifting and volleyball.

Opening Ceremonies for the four-day competition is on Thursday, January 31 at Round Rock High School and includes the Parade of Athletes, singing of the National Anthem and the lighting of the torch during the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), along with a variety of entertainment and live music.

Bowling and volleyball athletes will be the first to compete in the Games, which kick off on Friday, February 1 at 9:00 a.m. and wrap on Sunday, February 3. The powerlifting competition is set for Saturday, February 2. All events are free and open to the public.

Competition Schedule and Venues:
Bowling – AMF Showplace Lanes, 9504 N. I-35, Austin
February 1    9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 2    9:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

February 3    9:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.            

Bowling – Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Avenue, Austin
February 1    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
February 2    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
February 3    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bowling – Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Road, Austin
February 1    9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
February 2    12:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

February 3    9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Powerlifting – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock

February 2    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Volleyball – Austin Sports Center North, 1420 Toro Grande Blvd., Cedar Park
February 1    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
February 2    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 3    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Special Events Schedule and Venues:
Opening Ceremonies – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock

January 31    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Athlete Village – Norris Conference Center, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Austin
February 1    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
February 2    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wellness Park – Norris Conference Center, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Austin
February 1    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
February 2    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Victory Dance – Round Rock High School, 300 North Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock
February 2    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Volunteers are important to the success of the Winter Games and donating your time is a valuable way to help support Special Olympics Texas. Various roles and shifts are still available to volunteer for the Victory Dance, Wellness Park and Athlete Village. For more information on volunteering, along with registration and schedule details for the Winter Games, visit: http://www.sotx.org/competitions/wintergames.

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.

Co-Sponsors:
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.