Austin Lights the Way for SOTX Athletes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Capitol city will host the 2013 Statewide Torch Run Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. on May 8 in Austin.  The kickoff is a prelude to the 2013 Summer Games competition in Arlington, May 23-26.  Once the torch passes through each of SOTX’s 19 areas, the Summer Games will officially begin!   

Featured guests will include: SOTX competitors, Governor Rick Perry, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye and Temple Police Chief Gary Smith.  SOTX President and CEO Margaret Larsen and SOTX Board Chair Rudy Lopez will inspire the crowd with messages of tolerance, patience and humility. 


The torch run will take members of several law enforcement agencies from the capitol steps through downtown Austin as they run side by side with SOTX athletes and supporters.  After the run, the torch runners will visit the SOTX chapter office for lunch. 


For more information, contact Doug Ray (dray@sotx.us) at 214.546.9432.


About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 44,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.


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.