IT’S FINALLY HERE! After months of anticipation, the Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, made its way into the Lone Star state on Friday afternoon. Since entering Texas at Port Arthur, the Flame of Hope has already made its way through Beaumont, Houston, Pasadena, Katy, San Antonio and will reach Austin later Monday afternoon. Three torches are simultaneously making their way across the U.S. right now! All three started on the East Coast on May 26 and will end up in Los Angeles, where they will unite to light the cauldron for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Southern Route, which Texas is a part of, began in Miami.
June 22, 2015
About two weeks ago, news broke that 18 SOTX athletes and Unified Partners were named to the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas team after successfully completing a tryout. To make things official, the newest members were presented with authentic game uniforms before club president Dan Hunt held a press conference at Toyota Stadium on Thursday, June 18, to introduce each of them to the public and sign them to contracts.
June 19, 2015
Neil Stortz got the chance of a lifetime on Monday night. To recognize CITGO’s official fuel sponsorship for Special Olympics’ Unified Relay Across America, he was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Minute Maid Park before the first-place Houston Astros hosted the Colorado Rockies for the opening game of a three-game series.
June 16, 2015
This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, O.A.R. debuted its latest single, "Reach Up", an exclusively written uplifting anthem for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Beginning today and leading up to the Games, you can support Special Olympics athletes – just by sharing the “Reach Up” video! For every “Reach Up” video shared using the #ReachUp hashtag, Coca-Cola will donate one dollar (up to $100,000) to the Special Olympics.
June 15, 2015
Congratulations to Ben Milam Elementary School in Dallas for raising a grand total of $644.87 during its school-wide Penny Drive this spring! Over and over again, Ben Milam Elementary has proven to be a proud supporter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics Texas.
June 11, 2015
After several put out their hardest effort at a tryout a few weeks ago, selections for the 2015-16 FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas Unified Exchange team was announced.
June 9, 2015
On Monday morning, the Special Olympics Texas Chapter and Area 13 staff moved into their brand new office spaces at The Christi Stanley Building, located at 1804 Rutherford Lane in Austin.
June 8, 2015
Yes, we need athletes, coaches, volunteers, fans and sponsors...but there's also a lot of equipment that makes the magic happen--tents, water coolers, awards stands, chairs, you name it, we need it. And it's all put in place by members of our Equipment Team, which is made up of SOTX staff and volunteers.
May 24, 2015
The 46th Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, presented by TD Ameritrade and the Knights of Columbus, concluded on Sunday afternoon for nearly 3,000 athletes. Despite rain that fell for a majority of the weekend, this year’s Games were one of the most memorable.
May 24, 2015
Durham Transportation Services moves our teams from venue to venue each year during Summer Games. Without them, Games would literally come to a standstill.
May 23, 2015
We love our volunteers almost as much as we love our athletes. Without our volunteers, our competitions would not be possible.
May 22, 2015
Special Olympics Texas' 2015 Summer Games are just days away! Every year, everyone looks forward to the event where the Games are officially declared underway - the Opening Ceremony. That will take place on Friday night at Maverick Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Games are ceremoniously declared open once the four regional torches, carrying the Flame of Hope, ignite the cauldron. This year's lighting will be extra exciting, because it will mark the first time that this particular cauldron will be used for SOTX's Opening Ceremony.
May 18, 2015
Students from all over the Greater Houston area came together to "Play Unified" on Friday. More than 140 students from seven Meet in the Middle campuses came together to take part in the Kroger Play Unified Pro Sport Camp, hosted by Bruce Matthews, at UScore Soccer in Spring, Texas.
May 15, 2015
Muller Elementary School MIM students presented a donation to SOTX-Laredo (Area 21) on Thursday, May 14. The students organized and participated in a Autism Awareness Walkathon on campus in support of Special Olympics Texas.
May 14, 2015
Joey Cummings, 24, of Flower Mound has been a Special Olympics Texas athlete since he was 10 years old. Over the last 14 years, he has been consistently active within the program. Depending on the time of year, Joey can be found in the pool, at the bowling alley, on the bocce and basketball courts or on the soccer field getting ready for his upcoming FC Dallas tryout.
May 13, 2015
After competing as a swimmer and on the cross country team back in high school, Jaime Holt, 24, continued her passion for those sports by getting involved with SOTX nearly four years ago after a friend told her about it and encouraged her to try it out.
May 12, 2015
On Sunday, March 29, Special Olympics Texas’ Areas 10 and 11 (Greater Dallas and Greater Forth Worth) teamed up again to host their third annual TCU-SOTX Soccer Clinic.
April 13, 2015
We are excited to announce that we have a RoomFunding project through Hotels for Hope! For every actualized room night, Hotels for Hope will donate $2 to Special Olympics Texas. This RoomFunding project will fund 100 athletes to the 2016 Summer Games.
April 8, 2015
John Ruhly began volunteering with Special Olympics Texas in the late 1980's. He has been working with and driving Phillip Armstrong around to different events for years. Despite some wonderful athletes' mothers taking over the coaching of the bowling team around 2010, he still wanted to be involved with the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Cyclones' team and people, so he asked Phillip if he wanted to form a Unified team. Now, after every State Game, Phillip asks John to partner with him the next year.
March 24, 2015
Matthew Olguin, 24, began participating with Special Olympics when he entered JFK High School in San Antonio about 10 years ago. In addition to being a former Area 20 Athlete of the Year, Olguin volunteers for SOTX in the Young Athletes Program and helps coach other athletes.
March 11, 2015
With our Area 10 Basketball Tournament cancelled due to inclement weather last week and no reschedule planned, we wanted to give a special shout out to our generous hosts of the event for the past 3 years. Our theme for the tournament this year was “We Got This” and Grand Prairie ISD without a doubt had this tournament covered.
March 3, 2015
Our volunteers make the Games happen for our athletes. We couldn't do it without them.
February 8, 2015
Special Olympics Texas coaches are the best!
February 7, 2015
Wellness Park is an important part of the Athlete Village experience. Special Olympics Texas athletes receive free health screenings.
February 6, 2015
On Jan. 21, Austin College (located in Sherman, Texas) hosted the second annual Area 10 Basketball Skills Local Competition. More than 300 attendees were in attendance for Austin College’s “Janserve” day, which was a day of service for students on campus during the month of January.
January 29, 2015
Mehnert, a bowler and athletics competitor, is the first Special Olympics athlete in the entire country to register for a segment of the Unified Relay Across America. Mehnert will take and run with the Torch when the Unified Relay comes through his hometown on June 26.
January 28, 2015
Jimmy,19, has been participating with Special Olympics Texas since 2008 with the Round Rock ISD Roadrunners. He competes in basketball, cycling, track & field, golf and bowling. Recently, he was featured in the monthly Round Rock ISD Roadrunners' newsletter, "The Bird Word". Get to know him in the latest SOTX Athlete Profile!
January 21, 2015
In August 2014, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) sent out an anonymous electronic survey to its athletes, family members, coaches, donors, volunteers and others to gain insight on what type of information the SOTX community wanted to know more about. It is
envisioned that the results of the survey will be used to guide SOTX in the development of a resource library for its community, as well as to help focus research efforts undertaken by the organization.
January 14, 2015
Our colors for 2015 are green and blue--the shades are your choice. Scarves can be made in any pattern and can be knitted, loomed or crocheted.Please share with any of your crafty friends who might enjoy participating!
January 9, 2015
Twenty-five SOTX athletes, including members of Special Olympics Team USA Women's Basketball, and their chaperones from the Greater Dallas area had a wonderful time at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day.
January 6, 2015
Congratulations to Lewisville ISD Rain (Division 1), Carrollton-Farmers Branch Cyclones (Division 2), Judson ISD Thunder Rockets (Division 3), Advo Amarillo Cobras (Division 4A), Wyle Sachse Murphy Mavericks (Divison 4B), Texas Foundation of Hope Elite (Division 5A) and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Force (Division 5B) for coming away with 2014 SOTX Flag Football championship titles!
December 22, 2014
Michael, 57, has been participating with Special Olympics since he was 12 years old. He started when he lived in Florida. He and his family moved to Texas, where he found a delegation with whom he could compete and has been involved ever since. Throughout his long career with SOTX, he has participated in Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling and Golf. In addition to golfing with Smooth Swing Golf for the last 13 years, he cycles with Special Friends.
December 18, 2014
"Eternal Flower of Love”, an acrylic oil painting is one of Schleuter's most pretty and unique pieces. The work depicts a deeper interpretation of love and understanding being spread between each other.
December 11, 2014
Experienced and understanding volunteer dental students & faculty at the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry are offering a free comprehensive dental care program for all SOTX children and adults on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
December 10, 2014
Abilene Christian Women's Basketball is offering FREE ADMISSION to all Area 14 athletes and families for its contest against Central Arkansas on Jan. 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.
December 8, 2014
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Special Olympics Texas would like to salute the biggest supporters of all of our athletes – our families!
November 25, 2014
The five Richardson, Texas natives, who will represent Team USA at World Games in Los Angeles next summer, were included in the pregame introductions before the Comets hosted Austin College at UTD Activity Center.
November 24, 2014
Brandon, 13, has been an SOTX athlete for a little over a year and already has been very active in the program. Before moving to Southwest ISD with his family in 2013, Brandon was afraid of playing sports and was overweight. Since starting school at Francis Scobee Middle School, things have changed mightily for Brandon.
November 21, 2014
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has tabbed Special Olympics Texas, Austin-based LatinWorks and California-based artist Queenie Liao with a Multicultural Excellence Award for the print division of the "We See Abilities" campaign.
November 19, 2014
Through SOTX Unified Sports, many parents and children are turning their dreams into realities and forging their own parent-child golf duos in Area 10.
November 17, 2014
The University of Texas softball team volunteered at the Central Texas area Bowling Competition at Dart Bowl on Nov. 7, 2014.
November 12, 2014
Area 13's Jared Friemel met his NASCAR hero Kyle Busch, courtesy of his mother, Charlotte, posting a photo on Busch's fan page several months ago. A fellow fan saw the post and made it her mission to make Jared's dream come true in Fort Worth.
November 4, 2014
Area 1 SOTX athletes Joe Cenisero and Milagros Fuentes were crowned Weslaco East High School's homecoming king and queen.
October 29, 2014
Approximately 1,600 athletes, 200 coaches and 1,000 volunteers expected to participate in the 14th annual spectacle.
October 15, 2014
Since August, every athlete that will jump in the pool or take the field during the weekend of October 16-18 in Aggieland, has been going through a challenging process—training.
October 1, 2014
Liberty Hill Elementary School is off and walking for a good cause! The Central Texas school is the first of the 2014-15 academic year to take part in Walk Across Texas, a Special Olympics Texas fundraiser that supports more than 51,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Lone Star State.
October 1, 2014
For the last four years, Brittany Wirkman has participated in Special Olympics through Allen High School. The Greater Dallas area athlete competes in aquatics, volleyball and basketball.
September 24, 2014
The international Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Conference was held in New Orleans earlier this month. The Texas Torch Runners raised approximately $1,265,000 in 2013!
September 19, 2014
During July and early August, The Dan Weger Tennis Center at Balcones Country Club, (located in NW Austin) sponsored another outstanding Summer Tennis Mini-Camp Clinic for the Special Olympics Texas athletes.
September 15, 2014
Michael Englert and Rachel Brogden were honored for their SOTX awards on the field of McLane Stadium during a break in play.
September 11, 2014
Greater Houston Area athlete Marcus Gary is featured as "Memorial's Memorable" in the September 2014 issue of Absolutely! Memorial Magazine.
September 4, 2014
September 1, 2014
Thank you for visiting your local Texas Roadhouse in support of SOTX.
August 20, 2014
On Thursday afternoon, a large representation of H.E.B.'s Diversity Champions gathered at the SOTX Chapter office in Austin. Chad Tywater, a member of the SOTX Board of Directors, co-hosted the meeting with Nichole Valdez.
August 15, 2014
Meet in the Middle (MiM), the SOTX Project UNIFY program with more than 120 participating schools, received news from the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) Board of Directors that is sure to boost its reputation and help the program grow even more. On Monday, TASC officially announced that MiM has been endorsed as a partner/project for academic year 2014-15, the seventh year of Project UNIFY.
August 12, 2014
A pair of second-half goals by Jacob Hill and Scott McIlhenny lifted the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas squad to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Colorado team on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Hill broke the scoreless tie in the 32nd minute before McIlhenny registered an insurance tally in the 39th minute. The game was played as part of the partnership between Special Olympics and MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative.
August 11, 2014
Meet in the Middle (MiM) facilitators and Unified pairs of Youth Leaders participated in a the three-day Meet in the Middle Leadership Conference in Austin last weekend. A Unified Sports demo highlighted Saturday's events. Participants got hands-on experience with Unified Sports, one of three core components of Project UNIFY.
August 6, 2014
SOTX & SOCO unite with FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids of the MLS.
August 5, 2014
Special Olympics Texas reminds me of what is right in this world.
July 25, 2014
Unified soccer teams to take part in special event in Frisco, TX.
July 24, 2014
July 15 has been declared Special Olympics Texas Flag Football Day in Bryan and College Station.
July 17, 2014
8 SOTX athletes gathered in Austin this weekend to learn how to write and present speeches.
July 14, 2014
Typically FX kids are non-verbal and not very social and or interested in being around others. NOT Ryan...
July 11, 2014
Special Olympics has helped me learn to truly care for people with intellectual disabilities as if they were my brothers and sisters.
July 3, 2014