Ogonnaya Achinivu, a 12-year-old from Lubbock, TX became involved with SOTX in 2014 through a program at Mackenzie Middle School. She participates in bocce, roller-skating, and her two favorite sports, bowling and basketball.
April 28, 2016
Twelve- year- old Ricardo Garcia is a sixth grade student at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School in Laredo, Texas. He participates in bowling and track and field with SOTX.
April 25, 2016
We’re sure you’ve heard the big news: Harriet Tubman, the leader of the historic Underground Railroad, will be featured on the new U.S. $20 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton. But did you know that Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver was featured on U.S. currency as well?
April 21, 2016
Austin is an enthusiastic young man and athlete. He says that his favorite thing about SOTX is making new friends and giving everyone high fives at the end of practice. With all of the friends and high fives, participating in SOTX has been an awesome experience for Austin. He was taught to always do his best, be happy and have fun.
April 19, 2016
Carley Fisk began competing with SOTX in 2013 when her school introduced it to her and is already very involved, as she participates in bowling, basketball, cycling, track and field, soccer, and aquatics. Through her first two years, she has built a collection of gold medals from Aquatics meets.
April 11, 2016
As many know, Special Olympics events don’t happen without the support of the volunteers. Each year, new volunteers get their first taste of one of these competitions. For some it will be a one-time ordeal and for a few others it will be an annual tradition. For Fort Worth’s Paul Brockway it became a part of life 47 years ago.
April 6, 2016
San Antonio's Damian Perry has been playing basketball and bowling with Special Olympics Texas since 2014. He is a courageous young individual who claims the best advice he was given is to always try new things. Damian loves that SOTX has given him the opportunity to play sports and he is excited for his future as a SOTX competitor.
April 5, 2016
Brenda Alvarez, 17, became involved with Special Olympics Texas years ago when she was in elementary school and is still an active participant as a junior at LBJ High School in the Laredo area.
She participates in bowling and track and field, with a particular interest in track and field.
March 31, 2016
Alex Miller, 26, has competed in everything through Special Olympics Texas, from bowling, to aquatics, soccer, basketball, figure skating, golf, tennis, and most recently, powerlifting over the past 20 years. Austin Fit Magazine introduces you to Alex and tells the life in a day story of a SOTX athlete.
March 28, 2016
Heather Handley hit the ground running with Special Olympics Texas 10 years ago when her high school coach introduced the program to her. Now at 24 years old, she is still going strong with the Amarillo Golfers.
March 24, 2016
On Tuesday afternoon, student leaders from the HALO (Helping Adolescents Lead Others) program partnered with Special Olympics Texas athletes from the Marbridge Foundation to launch HALO's "Breaking Down Barriers" campaign.
March 23, 2016
Earlier this week, Engel & Völkers professionals in the United States, Mexico and Canada convened in Dallas for the real estate organization's largest annual event in North America, the Exchange. The four-day- long conference featured the best of the business coming together to exchange ideas and experiences. On Wednesday, one of the individuals invited to enlighten the staff by sharing the story of her own experiences was Special Olympics Texas athlete and Global Messenger Stacey Johnson.
March 10, 2016
Last week, 35 SOTX athletes from the Greater Dallas Area were invited to the American Airlines Center for an exciting experience, held by the Harlem Globetrotters ahead of their games this past weekend in Dallas.
February 1, 2016
Area 4’s Kristen Rauch was one of 32 athletes from around the country, who got the chance to travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the Special Olympics Xperience Tennis Invitational. The annual three-day event for elite Special Olympics athletes (Level 6 and higher) was held Jan. 14-17 at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Participants competed in a round-robin tournament, University of Virginia tennis clinic and community doubles play.
January 22, 2016
Dylan has been participating with Special Olympics Texas for the last five years with the Round Rock ISD Roadrunners. He competes in bowling, basketball, soccer and track & field. 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, 2016
The Houston Astros, the Astros Foundation & Community Partners in conjunction with the Houston Astros’ Urban Academy- led by Darrell Wade and his staff - provided an afternoon of Softball\Baseball skills building on the field of Minute Maid Park. Athletes and coaches were treated to this afternoon as part of the Astros' week-long celebration on Caravan Week, kicking off the 2016 season.
January 21, 2016
One of the highlights of 2015 for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) occurred this July. SOTX sent 14 athletes, four head coaches, two coaches, a Unified Partner and a technical delegate from all across the Lone Star State to compete as part of Special Olympics USA in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif. While each and every one of our participants returned home with stories full of success and happiness, here’s one that stands out…
December 30, 2015
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus held a holiday dinner for several of our young athletes in Areas 10 & 11 and made a generous contribution to the SOTX Young Athletes Program on Monday, Dec. 21.
December 22, 2015
Unified Success Stories: School Spirit, Service, Literacy, and Theatre in the December newsletter.
December 16, 2015
LatinWorks, the award-winning, full-service cultural branding firm has been selected as the creative agency for Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Capital Campaign. The latest project, done pro bono by LatinWorks, features two videos in which SOTX athletes are striving to complete their competition, but can only do so with the help of their supporters. The campaign, which will coincide with the organization’s End of Year Campaign, launched on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and will run until Friday, Jan. 15.
December 8, 2015
Today, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) proudly joins the world in on celebrating the 24th annual United Nations' International Day of People with Disabilities. As the world carries out its celebration of this special day, it will promote the theme of "Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities.”
December 3, 2015
Sammons Corpoartion presented Special Olympics Texas - Greater Dallas Area (Area 10) a check for $56,000. The gift from Sammons Corporation qualifies the organization as Area 10's presenting sponsor and Law Enforcement Torch Run partner.
November 23, 2015
Twenty-eight Rouse High School varsity and junior varsity boys’ basketball players, led by their head coaches Shane Krause and Robert Sainz, led 28 athletes of the Leander Lazers SOTX team in a basketball skills clinic on November 14.
November 19, 2015
Success stories, a recap of school events, competitions and random acts of inclusion in the latest newsletter.
November 18, 2015
Dueitt Middle School students, staff and administrators filmed a video about its Meet in the Middle program.They invited other campuses within Spring ISD to join them for Unified Sports activities and talk about Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Special Olympics. The Spring ISD IT/AV department assisted with editing, so it was a complete district effort. Dueitt has been involved in Meet in the Middle since the very beginning, led by Mary Carvell. Spring ISD has been extremely supportive of the program
October 23, 2015
Over the weekend, 21 athletes and eight Unified Partners represented the state of Texas at the 2015 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship, played at Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
September 14, 2015
On Thursday afternoon, members of the Special Olympics USA women's basketball team were treated to a special tour of the Hatco, Inc. facility in Garland.
September 4, 2015
Last weekend, Greater Houston and Heart of East Texas--area Special Olympics Texas athletes were recognized by a pair of local professional sports teams in the city. On Friday, Aug. 14, the Houston Astros invited 1,800 SOTX athletes to its game against the Detroit Tigers. A night later, members of the 2014 Team Texas Flag Football team were treated to a gameday experience of a lifetime by the Houston Texans.
August 20, 2015
Matt Hernandez’ big day may have come a couple of weeks ago when he captured a silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles but the 22-year-old proved to be the toast of the town when city officials and a crowd of enthusiastic well-wishers gathered to honor him during Monday’s city council meeting.
August 18, 2015
The FC Dallas/Special Olympics Texas Unified soccer team dropped a tough, 3-2 decision against the Los Angeles Galaxy/Special Olympics Southern California Unified soccer team on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.
August 17, 2015
At the conclusion of the Games, Linsey and his mother were publically recognized during the Closing Ceremony as the Most Dedicated Guest Services Attendants at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.Linsey and his mother walked the red carpet and were presented with flowers on stage.
August 10, 2015
During the week of July 27, SOTX Area 13 athletes Sydney Weigand, Haley McDaniel and Heather Alderete were profiled by 'Amy Poehler's Smart Girls'. All talked about how Special Olympics has impacted their life. Check out each of their personal stories.
August 7, 2015
On Monday, Schottle attended his first-ever Houston Texans' open training camp. He knew he would have the opportunity to see J.J. Watt -- his favorite player -- practice in person, but what happened at the end of practice is something that he never imagined.
August 4, 2015
Ashley Billard, Matt Hernandez and the Richardson Roadrunners women's basketball team returned home from World Games in Los Angeles with medals. Robert Lord and Jessie Kuykendall also came back to Texas with hard-earned ribbons in sailing.
August 3, 2015
As Special Olympics Texas, along with all disabled Americans across the country celebrate the 25-year anniversary of a groundbreaking bill being signed into law today, 6500 Special Olympics athletes get ready to begin competition at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
July 26, 2015
Make plans to tune in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games LIVE on July 25 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN, and then keep watching coverage every day during the World Games!
July 24, 2015
On Thursday, July 23, 44 Texas Roadhouse locations in the State of Texas are participating in Tip-A-Cop Night, a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event for Special Olympics Texas. Local officers across the state will exchange uniforms for aprons and will serve tables for tips, which all will be donated to SOTX at the end of the dinner shift.
July 23, 2015
Leigh Anne Landrum and the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team open play at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles later this week. Before getting on her flight to L.A. on Tuesday morning, she took the time to tell us a little bit about herself.
July 22, 2015
Leanne Owens is one of 16 athletes from the state of Texas who left this morning for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Owens is a member of the Special Olympics USA basketball squad, which is comprised of the entire Richardson Roadrunners women’s basketball team. Owens’ mother, Bettina, is also a member of the team, as an assistant coach.
July 21, 2015
Thanks to all the sponsors, golf teams and dedicated volunteers who joined us July 17 at Underwood Golf Complex!
July 21, 2015
MLS WORKS is hosting a Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match on July 28 in conjunction with the AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Athlete Roy Bayona and Unified partner Elli Brunts will be traveling with Coach Kyle Schroder to the All-Star Game. They will play on July 28 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colo.
July 21, 2015
Litton will compete at World Games as a Unified Partner with the Special Olympics USA Sailing team. She is looking forward to watching the athletes overcome personal difficulties and grow in confidence.
July 21, 2015
Kim Vo will be playing basketball at World Games for Special Olympics USA in Los Angeles beginning later this week.
July 20, 2015
Special Olympics has afforded Kristen Lyons so many opportunities, including one that awaits. On Tuesday morning, Lyons and her Richardson Roadrunners team will make their way to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, where they will represent the entire U.S. in women’s basketball.
July 20, 2015
Carissa Younkin is a member of the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team and she's getting ready to make her way to Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games.
July 19, 2015
Special Olympics has given Jenny Hall the confidence to try new activities willingly. Her involvement has given her a huge sense of pride. She has made wonderful friends and visited places she never could have imagined. When she goes to World Games in less than a week with the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team, she will be able to add Los Angeles to her list of places and names of many more new friends.
July 19, 2015
Kara Plumbeck says, “Attending World Games is a chance of a lifetime.” Next week, she will go to Los Angeles as a member of the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team, a year after bringing home a pair of gold medals in Aquatics from the Special Olympics USA Games, held in New Jersey.
July 18, 2015
Through going to compete as a member on the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team, Kim Terry will have the opportunity to make even more friends and learn about various cultures of other countries that her and her teammates will play against.
July 18, 2015
Steve Scobee has a profound affinity for coaching. Nineteen years after becoming a Special Olympics Texas coach, Scobee has reached the pinnacle of his Special Olympics coaching career, as he and his Richardson Roadrunners will go to Los Angeles to compete at Special Olympics USA at World Games.
July 17, 2015
In just a few days, Andrea Stewart will embark on one of her most memorable moments as a Special Olympics athlete, as she will go to Los Angeles with her fellow Richardson Roadrunner women’s basketball teammates to compete for Special Olympics USA at World Games.
July 17, 2015
The reigning Special Olympics Texas Volunteer of the Year will conquer another Special Olympics milestone next week. Area 10’s (Greater Dallas Area) Marti Bishop will make her way to Los Angeles for her first-ever World Games competition, as an assistant coach for the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team.
July 16, 2015
Sara Hencke of Cleburne, Texas will be making her first-ever trip to a Special Olympics World Games. When the Games get underway in Los Angeles in just a week and half from now, Hencke will be serving as the head coach of Special Olympics USA’s Cycling team.
July 15, 2015
Following a couple trips to World Games as a parent, Bettina Owens is gearing up for her first Special Olympics World Games as a coach. Her and Marti Bishop will be assisting Steve Scobee with the coaching duties for the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team.
July 15, 2015
Now in his 26th year with Special Olympics Texas, Houston’s Jack Yoes will be making his third trip to a Special Olympics World Games. As a Technical Delegate for the 2015 Sailing competition in Los Angeles, he will work to ensure that the competition is a world-class event.
July 14, 2015
Alan Hirshman began coaching with Special Olympics shortly after his son, Steven, got involved as an athlete about 20 years ago. For the last 10 years, Alan and Steven play golf together, a sport Alan has become very active in with Special Olympics Texas. After a pair of USA Games and one World Games appearance (2011) as a coach, Hirshman is heading to Los Angeles to serve as the head coach of Special Olympics USA’s Golf team at World Games.
July 14, 2015
For nearly 25 years, Bruce Litton has been dedicated to the sport of Kayaking. Over that time, he has been very involved in the sport as a participant and as an instructor. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that Litton gotten involved in the sport with Special Olympics.
July 13, 2015
Twenty-seven years after getting involved as a Special Olympics athlete, Jessie Kuykendall, 35, is headed to her first World Games. Since joining the Space Rockets sailing team three years ago, Kuykendall has loved every minute of it.
The joy she has found through sailing has landed her on this summer's Special Olympics USA Sailing team.
July 12, 2015
After competing as a Unified Partner in Sailing at World Games in 2003 and 2007, Steve Comen is making his third appearance on an international stage, but this time in a different capacity. Comen will be serving as the assistant coach for Special Olympics USA’s Sailing team.
July 11, 2015
Bobby Lord, 34, is no stranger to the Special Olympics World Games. Later this month, the Webster, Texas native will make a third-consecutive appearance as a member of Special Olympics USA on the Summer roster.
July 10, 2015
When Houston’s Ashley Billard, 29, heads to Los Angeles to compete in Track at World Games this summer, it will mark the second time she is representing her country.
July 9, 2015
A year after serving as the assistant Golf coach for Team Texas in New Jersey at Special Olympics USA Games, Casey Dickerson will serve in the same role, but on a much larger stage in Los Angeles at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games
July 8, 2015
Matthew got involved with Special Olympics Texas when he was 13 years old and has been has been kayaking since 2010. He was asked to compete in the World Games in Greece in 2010, but did not accept because his kayaking teammate was not eligible to go. This will be the first World Games.
July 7, 2015
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